Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Current Participants in the Bioreactor Registry (F - M)

Farnico

Contact: Sergej Nicolaisen

Location: Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 10

Installation Date: In planning stage, intended by 2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: As instructed

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Awaiting results

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?: Would like to buy.

Fee Project

Contact: Linda Fee

Location: Cochrane, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 3

Installation Date: September 11, 2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 50% live Poplar/50% live Spruce (chipped mulch) Volume of bin is approximately 18 cubic feet each.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Not finished

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?: No

Freeman Project

Contact: John and Roz Freeman

Location: San Luis Obispo, California, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: March 17, 2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 80% Dry Pecan leaves 15% Dry Oak leaves 5% Dry Sycamore leaves, caught rain water, 2 cups Johnson-Su bioreactor inoculant from a 12-month finished reactor at City Farm in San Luis Obispo, in the leaf bath containing some of our own cured compost, prior to loading it to the reactor. Additional information.(opens in new window)

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): not tested yet

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?: Plan to use some for ourselves and give the rest away to others with instruction. 

Additional comments(opens in new window)

Frits Vandermerwe’s Farm

Contact: Frits Vandermerwe

Location: Mozambique

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 3

Installation Date: October 2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 40% Old forest leaves, 40% old roofing grass, 20% cow dung

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): In progress

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Froghaven

Contact: Adam Laurance

Location: Woodend, Victoria, Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 8

Installation Date: 1/6/2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Leaves 20%. grass 20%. poultry manure 10%, sawdust 15%, weeds 20%, wood chips 15%.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Results not analyzed but compost to be tested in the field

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Full Circle Veterinary Center

Contact: Natasha Lilly(opens in new window)

Location: San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: November 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Horse manure - 70%, bedding from laying hen boxes - 20%, plant material from garden - 10%

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Unknown

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No. Using it for my own ranch and project with dogs.

Gaia University

Contact: Andrew Langford(opens in new window)

Location: Rumsey, CA, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 3

Installation Date: May, 2017

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Third cow manure, third fine local, ramial wood chip, third green grasses

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Observed sporulation of fungi, no bacteria count done

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? Maybe, not priced yet

Gino Margotto Marianelli’s Project

Contact: Gino Margotto Marianelli

Location: Linhares, ES, Brazil

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 3

Installation Date: December 2019 - January 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 1-60% Atlantic Forest litter / branches coffee/ cocoa shells (6:2:1) 30% Napier grass/ sugar cane / Gliricidia leaves and green branches/ Noni leaves (9:5:3:1) 10% cow manure biodynamics preparations

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Not yet . . . 

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Glen Greenock Farm

Contact: Ross Davey(opens in new window)

Location: Dunach, Victoria, Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2 using modified IBC as container

Installation Date: 2nd Sept 2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Leaves 80% Compost (hay, horse manure, garden clippings) 10% Chicken shed sweepings 10%

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): In progress. As at 23 April 2019 about 50% breakdown.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative

Contact: Lukas Martinelli

Location: Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: 3/2/19

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 2/3 organic spent mushroom substrate from Far West Fungi, 1/3 well-aged yard waste compost produced onsite

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): TBD, we intend to perform a PLFA once we reach 9 months to a year in the bioreactor.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Glore Mill Centre for Sustainable Biodiversity, Energy, Living

Contact: Ray Cooper

Location: Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland F12 PN 24, Republic of Ireland

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: April 22nd, 2019; Feb. 1, 2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: First: 1/3 calf manure 1/3 mixture of stable straw/manure 1/3 dried grass; Second: 1/4 green horse manure (with some mixed in straw from stable) 1/4 green cow manure ( with some mixed in straw from stable) 1/4 cut grass 1/4 leaves

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Will know results Feb. 2022

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No. Created for educational purpose. Used for Glore Mill Field and Garden tests. Given to local farmers to use for field tests.

GSD Industries

Contact: Kelly Critz

Location: Longwood, FL

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: May 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 1/4 mushroom compost 3/4 shredded oak leaves

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Not finished yet

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? unknown

Heart & Soil

Contact: Lee

Location: Lumberton, Mississippi, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: June 14, 2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Chick bedding 30% Grass clippings 30% Raked leaves 30% Cow manure 10%

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Not ready

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Henning’s Farm

Contact: Henning

Location: Berlin, Germany

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: In preparation

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Woodchips Horse manure Coffee grounds Greens from vegetable and fruit deposals Fermented honey that i have No use for as the wax foundation was altered with substitutes .. As I am still collecting I would appreciate input Help recommendations regarding Ratio and If the honey is a good Material

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Coming later

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Hexrivier Organic Lemons

Contact: Martli Slabber

Location: Republic of South Africa

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 7

Installation Date: November 2018 and ongoing

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Woodchips 60%, green weeds 15%, food waste 20%, cow dung 5% -

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio):Here are photos from my 10-month old Biocomposter, taken by the superwomen at Nemlab, South Africa. We used it as a slurry to treat cover crop seeds in April-May 2020 (autumn planting – we are in Mediterranean climate, Southern Hemisphere).  The roots of the germination cover crop is looking beautiful – soilclagged (for want of a better word), similar seedlings treated with vermicompost-leachate. We are also applying small amounts of JS compost directly under our trees, to help with inoculation of the soil. Lab Results. (PDF)

June 2021 Test Results, Full year Johnson Su (PDF), 9 months Johnson Su with Bokashi (anaerobic process) (PDF)

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No - Will be using it to use in my own cover crops.

Hobbiest- Jon Mattison

Contact: Jon Mattison

Location: Turlock, CA, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: 04/04/2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Made half size JS, 3' diameter, 3' high. First time I've made one :-) Saw dust (1/4) dried pine, cedar, redwood, Dried lawn grass clippings(1/4), Shredded paper and cardboard (non-ink, plain cardboard, nothing with color print or pictures on them). (1/4+) Remaining (less than) 1/4: chopped up garden trimmings, weeds from year, very little dog feces. Dried lawn clippings for 2 days in the sun (so not completely dry). Mixed well, worked to ensure no clumps. Used the wheelbarrow/bin method of wetting and draining before filling . 2.5" diameter pipes are spaced 8" apart (at 36" total diameter, so <12" contact to air throughout) and removed after 24 hours - vent holes are maintaining consistency after 2 weeks.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Just starting. Will update in December.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No, just learning here.

Home Organic Garden

Contact: Kevin O’Brien

Location: Paonia, Colorado, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: November 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 100% leaves - mulched and washed. Occasional sprinklings of blood meal and alfalfa pellets were added when the bin was initially filled. I’m using a 4x4x4 wood frame bin on a pallet with 8 ventilation holes/shafts. This provides full coverage for the 12” maximum distance from an air source in my bin once the pipes are removed. 16 days in progress so far with temp remaining in thermophylic zone (140F--150F). Volume has decreased about 10%. Moisture level is steady—@ 70%.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Reported 12/10/2020, using microBiometer testing kit: Fungal - 78%, Bacterialial - 22%, F:B ratio - 3.6:1, 1575 ug C/g

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No.

Homeowner — Boyd Myers

Contact: Boyd Myers

Location: West Chester, PA, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: April 2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Ground leaves, some previously partly composted grass, ground alfalfa every 18"

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Just begun bioreactor

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? no

Human Nature Projects

Contact: Ronald Kaboye

Location: Kampala, Central Region, Uganda

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 10

Installation Date: May 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: We need to start

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): It's just in ideas, we need to learn

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? Not yet known

iGrow Organics LLC

Contact: Dennis DeLaurier

Location: Manor Texas USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 4

Installation Date: June 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Horse Manure and hay. 50 /50

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Results received by CRARS May 2021 (PDF)

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? Currently for sale.(opens in new window)

Indian Spring

Contact: Kim Graves / Masha Zager

Location: Catskill, NY

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: October 2018, November 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Rabbit manure and bedding; chicken manure and bedding; kitchen scraps; garden scraps; leaves

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Still looking for ways to measure

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?: No, using it onsite

Inspiration Acres

Contact: Farmer Donna

Location: Green Bay, Wi, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 4

Installation Date: 10/2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 2 parts food waste 2 parts yard waste

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Unknown yet

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?: no

Instituto de Agricultura Biológica

Contact: José Luiz M Garcia

Location: São Paulo, S.P., BRAZIL

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 12

Installation Date: Second semester of 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Dried leaves, Dried grass clippings, dried cattle manure, shredded eucaliptus bark.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Not measured

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?: No

Jatinder Saini’s Project

Contact: Jatinder Saini

Location: SBS Nagar, State of Punjab, India

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2-4

Installation Date: Plan to install November 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: I will inform you all later when the BEAMs are ready. I am also planning to scale up the design, both in shape and volume.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): I will keep you all posted with the results...

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?: No

JBarT Ranch

Contact:  Trent

Location: Brady, Texas, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: 8/15/2020 (Photo(opens in new window))

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Oak Leaves, Oak Acorns, Oak Twigs, Pecan Leaves, Pecans, Pecan Twigs. 50/50 Oak/Pecan ratio Organic Gem Fish Hydrolysate in water , Molasses in water mixture for soaking process. Approximately 12 Oz total, 6 each. Removed tubes on 8/22/2020. Tubes were extremely hot to the touch 3-4” from surface throughout. Moisture levels are excellent 3-4” below the surface. Smell is of earthy fragrance and wonderful. No foul odor whatsoever. Will add worms on 9/6/2020.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): N/A - Just created

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?: No

Kleine Bosch

Contact: Piet Potgieter

Location: Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 28

Installation Date: March 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Eucalyptus and black wattle (young growth) chipped as well as some olive branches

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Reading of 863 which the testing agency says is 11 times greater than you would expect in a soil with good soil health and represents the equivalent of 44.5 tons of microbiological biomass in the upper 20 cm of one hectare of land.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?: No

Komposztálom

Contact: Vitália Víg(opens in new window)

Location: Hungary

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 10 (as of March2021)

Installation Date: May 2020- March 2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: The reactors are filled with horse manure. Either 100 % manure or mixed with spent hay. We are working on coming up with ways to eliminate manure problems at small horse stables. At our demo site there are 3 horses currently, generating about 75 kg of manure daily. To handle this amount of manure we need to build about 2 reactors a month. At this point our process is extremely labor intensive, but the superiority of the finished product seems to justify the amount of work we need to put in. Would love to come up with ways to simplify the process while keeping the high quality of the finished material.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): For the results of our first reactor, please see the microbial assessment report attached. The F:B ratio is getting close to 1, but the compost is not finished yet. As of now (March 2021) we are very satisfied with the results. We have the entire microscopic soil food web present in our compost. As time goes by, we expect the fungal biomass to go up and the organic plant materials completely break down. Test results at 9 months. (PDF)Photos and Microscopy(opens in new window).

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?: Yes, we are planning on selling our product. In addition to selling the finished BEAM compost we are in the process of developing value added products that are based on this material. The price of the BEAM compost will be about 6 to 10 EUR per kg.

Landpath—Bayer Farms

Contact: Kim Anderson

Location: Santa Rosa, California USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: October 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Alfalfa hay, dry grass and weeds, kitchen scraps and worm casting for the wash

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Not yet.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

LaSalle Farms

Contact: Tim LaSalle

Location: Atascadero, CA USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: 8/24/18 and 11/28/18

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 1/3 wood chips,1/3 manure,1/3 leaf litter

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Not ready yet

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  Not yet.

Laura Francis Farm Consultants Ltd

Contact: Laura Francis

Location: United Kingdom

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: Unknown at present- setting up a new project in Exmoor National Park

Installation Date: TBC - this winter covid permitting

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: TBC

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): TBC

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Lawton Farms, 1818713 ONTARIO INC.

Contact: Ken Lawton

Location: Kent Bridge, Ontario, Canada

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 3

Installation Date: July 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: wood chips, cattle manure, hay, wood lot soil, field soil, small bit kelp extract

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): only 5 mo old, in heated room for winter

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Leaf & Limb

Contact: Emmanuel Brown(opens in new window)

Location: Raleigh, NC, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: 1 week ago (as of April 12, 2021)

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: shredded leaves

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): not finished

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? no

M&K Landscape

Contact: Ken

Location: Paso Robles, CA. USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: 10/04/2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 5% Steer manure 5% Bermuda Grass 90% Oak & Pine chippings

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): None as of yet will see next year around this time.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No, personal use only.

Massa Organics

Contact: Greg Massa and Raquel Krach(opens in new window)

Location: Hamilton City, California, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 5

Installation Date: February 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 2 of our bioreactors consisted of aged (1 year) rice straw. 3 of our bioreactors contain waste hay that had been eaten, trampled and bedded on by sheep. Contains lots of manure and urine.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Unknown as of now. The rice straw reactors did not heat up past 90 degrees F. The hay/manure reactors stayed above 120 for several days.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  no

Master Gardener

Contact: Gaye Torjusen

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: Nov 2, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 20% green veggie garden cuttings 20% fruit tree prunings 25% wood chips 5% oak leaves 25% straw & goat bedding 5% horse manure

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): not finished yet

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  no

McConnell Foundation

Contact: Alex Carter

Location: Redding, CA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: January 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: We modified the bioreactor design to accommodate more material: Bio-Reactor containment boxes are 8’long X 4’ wide X 5’ tall; 18 ea. 4.5” OD. X 60” air ventilation pipes installed. Wood chips/shaving (1.3 cuyd), steer manure (2.1 cuyd), shredded leaves (2.1 cuyd). Total material loaded into bioreactor = 5.5 cuyd

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Results received December 2020 Fungal:Bacterial Ratio = 1:5

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  no

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Contact: Luke(opens in new window)

Location: Leeds, UK

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 6

Installation Date: 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Straw/manure bedding 100% Grass/hay 100%

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Not complete

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  Maybe in the future as part of a soilbock mix

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College

Contact: Ruth Mischler(opens in new window)

Location: Albion, Indiana, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: May 2021 and July 2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: wood chips and straw-bedding with goat manure/chicken manure. 50:50 ratio

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): not finished yet

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  no

Mill Creek Capital

Contact: Bryan Huddleston

Location: Brentwood, Tennessee, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: Sept. 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Not completed, but working on first one

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Not complete

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  unknown

MOBERG FAMILY FARM

Contact: Aaron Moberg

Location: Waco, Texas, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: 12/03/2020 and 01/03/2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 1st batch is 75% fine wood chips with the remainder being green garden plants and oak leaves. 2nd batch is 100% fine wood chips.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): None yet

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? I would like to but we'll see how much I use. 

Mosca-Hooper Conservation District

Contact: Patrick O'Neill(opens in new window)

Location: Alamosa, CO, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 100

Installation Date: Oct 2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Sheep Manure 8% Wood Chips 17% Grass Hay 50% Barley Straw 25%

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): 0.90 : 1.00 (note: test from soil foodweb analysis, taken at 5 months from time of pile formation). UPDATE as of 2/10/2020: The values for Total Fungal : Total Bacterial ratios from three locations within the pile tested out at 1.98 (top of pile), and 2.29 (middle pile), and 1.20 (bottom of pile). 

MOSCA-HOOPER has a report on their use of Johnson-Su compost in the field(opens in new window).

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  Yes. 10 tons of finished compost are currently available. (June 9, 2020). Please contact Patrick O'Neill through their website (linked under "Contact" above) for pricing and shipping options.

Mother Nature Center

Contact: Ibrahim Loeks

Location: Santa Fe, NM, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 10

Installation Date: Spring 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 50% Wood Chips 30% Manure 15% Straw/Goat Poop 5% Green Material (composed of over 40 plant species)

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Don't have this data yet

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  Not sure.

Mountain Run Permaculture, LLC

Contact: Mark Angelini

Location: Big Island, VA, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 90% woodchips 10% garden waste

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): awaiting results

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  no