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Current Participants in the Bioreactor Registry (N - Z)

Find people participating in the research(opens in new window) and development of BEAM compost below. First page of the registry (A-M) is here.(opens in new window)

Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Assoc

Contact: Edward Darlington(opens in new window)

Location: Belton, Kansas, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: just getting started

Installation Date: Haven't made any yet (April 8, 2020). Hopefully will have two to three within 6 weeks. Being slowed by virus restrictions

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Clippings and leaves collected for garden mulch

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  No; we will use the for soil health where and when we are planting for pollinators especially honeybees.

NMSU SASC

Contact: Amy Larsen(opens in new window)

Location: Alcalde, NM, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 6

Installation Date: March through June 2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Measurements are in % by volume. Recipe 1: 83% brown (wood chips, brown leaves); 17% green (dairy/chicken manure, food waste, alfalfa hay). Recipe 2: 40% brown (wood chips, brown leaves, straw); 60% green (horse/chicken manure, barley grain, alfalfa hay)

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): From PLFA analyses on finished compost. Recipe 1: (0.3697); Recipe 2: TBD June 2019.

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

Nude Greens

Contact: Alex McCall

Location: Auckland, NZ

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: June 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 100% native forest mulch. Kauri, Ponga, Cabbage tree, Manuka, other woods.

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  Not at this stage

OCHA SA

Contact: Enrique Miles

Location: Bustinza, Santa Fe, Argentina

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 4

Installation Date: June/July 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Dried lawn clipping (60%), dried oak leaves (35%), cow manure (5%)

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): To be measured

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  No, for internal use coating seeds and extract applications on row crops fields

Orella Ranch, Gaviota Givings

Contact: Guner Tautrim

Location: Gaviota, California, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 3

Installation Date: February 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 2 units) Municipal green waste (old and partially broken down) 80% Coffee Chaff (5%) Planer shavings (10%) Chicken Manure (4%) Johnson Sue finished beam compost (>1%) (1 unit) Oak leaf duff from old growth quarcus agrifolia (coast live oak) (90%) Planer shavings (5%) Chicken manure (4%) Johnson Sue finished beam compost (>1%)

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  Possibly

Pile Pro

Contact: Rob Dentremont(opens in new window)

Location: Richardson, Texas, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 4

Installation Date: 1999

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Unknown

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  No

Ploumen E.S. Compost

Contact: Joh Ploumen

Location: Maastricht, the Netherlands

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1, scaled down

Installation Date: March 17, 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 100 % vermicompost, the aim is basic research, the content stays (surprisingly) 1.5 C below ambient temp.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Will be determined later on

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

Puma Springs Vineyards

Contact: Rick Kaye(opens in new window)

Location: Healdsburg, CA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: August 15, 2017

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Biodynamic Vineyard: chicken manure in bedding (30%), onsite landscape clippings (chipped) (30%), biomass from vegetable garden (15%) , straw bedding from goat barn (15%), llama manure (3%), finished compost (7%). All material presoaked; After tubes pulled, added biodynamic preps when temps dropped to 100F, added two pounds compost worms when temps dropped to 80 F, harvested in August 2018

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Did not test final product but mixed in material ( 3-5 yards) with additional 15 yards of imported organic compost, and spread at rate of 5 tons/acre as base for two acres of insectary row cover crop in vineyard.  Read More(opens in new window)

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  No- just for use as part of our compost program

Salisbury Plains Grazing

Contact: Paul Rogers

Location: Proserpine, Queensland, Australia 

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  8

Installation Date: 1st December 2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 50 % shredded Wood chip/ Leaf 50 % shredded old grassy hay. Inoculated with Mature Humic Compost.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): At 4 months of age the reactors have reduced by 50%. Reactors never really got hot. At 4 months worms appeared. These were not added.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  No

Santa Fe Extension Master Gardeners

Contact: Sandy Powell(opens in new window)

Location:  Espanola, New Mexico, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  1

Installation Date: May 5, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: wood chips - 5 parts food scraps - 1 part green hay - 2 parts green weeds - 2 parts straw - 3 parts

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  No - to be used onsite - New Mexico Wildlife Center

Sebastian Twilfer's Project

Contact: Sebastian Twilfer

Location: Steinfurt/NRW/Germany

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  2

Installation Date: Sept. 8, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: approximately 1/3 Leaves, 1/3 Hay containing legumes, 1/3 woody material

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? Would like to but have no idea how much the price. So far it is for own use.

SEI Agra Tech, Inc

Contact: Kent

Location: Elk City Okla. 73644

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  1

Installation Date: October, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio:  90% wheat, haygrazer hay. 10%Alfalfa hay, 10 lbs sheep manure.

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  Yes

Self sufficient home grower

Contact: Garrie Negus

Location: Tailem Bend, South Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 4

Installation Date: 2 In March 2019, 2 more under construction

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Fresh straw based piggery deep litter, layered with 6 year old dried stable bedding (failed previous experiment).

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Still in progress. Reached mid 60c currently sitting around 35c. Has reduced by about 20%. Has good mycelleium growth.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? Not at this time.

Senior Soil Carbon Advocate

Contact: Scott Hortop

Location: Almonte / Mississippi Mills, Ontario, Canada

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 3

Installation Date: April 2018, October 2018, October 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: First Batch Mississauga Ontario - 20% small wood chips, 77% leaves of mixed origins, 2% biochar, 1% soil. Failed to add worms Second Batch Mississauga Ontario, Canada- 97% leaves of mixed origins, 2% biochar, 1% soil. Failed to add worms Third Batch Almonte Ontario (colder) 97% maple with small amount of oak leaves, 1 % biochar, 1% top soil, 1% batch 1 output. Adding worms in spring 2020.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Batch 1 - Harvested October 2019 after two summers, Ratio Unknown. Wild guess, F:B 1:10 Batch 2 and 3 unfinished

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? Possibly some but no price fixed yet

SH Ensilering

Contact: Søren Hertzum(opens in new window)

Location: Højslev, Midtjylland, Denmark

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: April 10, 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 60% woodchips (mainly maythorn) 30% leaves (mainly beech) 10% seaweed

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

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

Smith / Hockey

Contact: Ben Smith / Martin Hockey

Location: Trangie NSW Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: June 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 3 parts deciduous leaves/woodchips 1 part cotton trash 1 part sheep manure 1 part cow manure .5 part corn hay .5 part pigeon pea whole plant 30 wild melons (camel melon) cut in half 400ltrs water 2 Ltrs Molassas 2 Ltrs kelp Trialing different additives with daily watering, including, Molassas, kelp, amino acid and SOA. Taking daily temp measurements

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Still making

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Soil Souldiers Ltd

Contact: Anna Simmonds

Location: Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: May 19, and Nov 19, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Batch 1 = woodchips (too big) and leaf mold mostly. about 80% woodchips. Batch 2 = Small rotted woodchips, leaf mold, greens (artichoke, comfrey, dock, Sow thistle) This was a more even split of roughly 33% of each.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Full reports are available for samples taken at the top and the bottom of the pile. Report 1 (PDF), Report 2 (PDF)  Additional comments from Anna.(opens in new window)

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? How much?:  I have made compost tea and slurries for seeds from it. No price yet.

Southern Cross Agricultural Exports Pty Ltd

Contact: Miriam Neilson(opens in new window)

Location: Toowoomba, QLD Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: April 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Well aged tea-tree mulch and horse manure 5:1 due to living in city and not having access to extra manures and being impatient to set up a bioreactor. Still had heat and fungal activity immediately.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Will update as the Bio-reactor matures

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

Stuart Hole’s Project

Contact: Stuart Hole

Location: Gundagai, NSW, Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: one each month

Installation Date: first : Dec 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Horse manure 50%, Garden waste 40%, Wood chip 10%

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Results due Dec 2020

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

The Trollworks LLC

Contact: Gordon West(opens in new window)

Location: Silver City, NM, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 5

Installation Date: 2016, 2019 

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 20% aged horse manure, 20% biochar, 20% pecan shell fines, 20% grass hay, 20% juniper shreds

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): 2016 batch 50:50

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? How much?:  We are using it to charge biochar for sale.

TheYumaDatelandWay

Contact: Venkat Shanmugam

Location: Dateland, AZ

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 30

Installation Date:  To be installed

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: We plan to create BEAM from diverse organic material. We plan to add bamboo biochar after inoculating in Panchagavya for nine days.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): We are in process.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? How much?:  Yes. Not yet decided. COVID-19 killed 65000+ people as of May 01 2020. Could be we offer everything for free for living things.

Thompson's Orchards Ltd

Contact: Janet Thompson

Location: Blenheim, Ontario, Canada

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: May 25 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: leaves and chicken litter

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): I have to wait 1 year for it to compost

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

Tim Parton’s Project

Contact:  Tim Parton’

Location:  Wolverhampton, UK

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  2

Installation Date:  April 20, 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio:  Horse manure

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): To be determined

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

Trent Sanderson's Farm

Contact: Trent Sanderson

Location: Clare, Illinois, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 5

Installation Date: November 2018 to April 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Dry Barnyard cattle manure 50% Grass hay 50%

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

UCCE Master Gardener San Mateo/San Francisco

Contact: Norine Cepernich(opens in new window)

Location: San Carlos, CA, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: July 20, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 25% Hedge clippings, chipped and dried 50% Seasoned oak leaves 25% Goat bedding of straw with droppings

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): No results until July 20, 2020

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Villanueva Fields

Contact: Katherine Bueler(opens in new window)

Location: Villanueva, NM, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: April 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio:  Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: I got Reunity Resources dry compost, plus gallon of red worm compost, and instead of spreading the compost decided to enliven it. I spread it over 1/3 acre in mid Nov 2019, after flood irrigating and before rain/snow. Now I will refill the bioreactor with fine cottonwood chips, and old moistened hay, and wait until next fall, dipping in to make compost tea in the spring and summer.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): N/A, Looking for access to a microscope.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

White Buffalo Land Trust

Contact: Jesse Smith(opens in new window)

Location: Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 3

Installation Date: October 8, 2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 50% county mulch (chipped yard waste) 50% horse manure

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

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

Wilmot Cattle Co

Contact: Stuart Austin(opens in new window)

Location: Hernani, NSW Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 3

Installation Date: July 2017

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 25% Greenwaste - lawn clippings & leaves 25% Fine wood shavings 25% Coarse wood shavings 25% Sorghum straw/mulch

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio):  We did a Microbewise for Compost test on all three units. - Total Bacteria - 1) 68.9mg/kg 2) 87.9mg/kg 3) 90/8mg/kg - Total Fungi - 1) 270.4mg/kg 2) 547.3mg/kg 3) 712.7 mg/kg - Fungi: Bacteria - 1) 3.9 2) 6.2 3) 7.8 - Total microorganisms - 1) 356.6mg/kg 2) 655.9mg/kg 3) 819.5mg/kg - Protozoa - 1) 17.3mg/kg 2) 20.6mg/kg 3) 16mg/kg - Mycorrhizal fungi - 1) 44.6mg/kg 2) 63.6mg/kg 3) 74.8mg/kg - Carbon - 1) 164.8mg/kg 2) 300.6mg/kg 3) 374.1mg/kg Full Report of Test Results:Page 1 (PDF), Page 2 (PDF), Page 3 (PDF)

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Work in Beauty

Contact: Peter Owl McCabe(opens in new window)

Location: Ramah, NM

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 6

Installation Date: August 2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 60% shredded straw, 30% goat bedding, 10% weeds

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): 6.6

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? no

Worrolong Produce

Contact: Tom Mitchell

Location: Winerie, Western Australia, Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: July 23 2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Eucalyptus wood chips and leaves. All materials were the product of roadside pruning put through a mulches. Soaked in a mixture of water, fish emulsion, kelp and molasses. Added 250g of worms in December 2018.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Not expecting maturity until September 2019 due to nature of starting materials.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No. The plan is to use it as a seed inoculant for a commercial pumpkin crop. Also a soil treatment for existing citrus orchard.

Wright's Farm

Contact: Josh Wright

Location: Lewistown MT USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: Still being made as of July 29, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 5 yards pig manure, 6 yards cow manure

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Update(opens in new window)

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

Zsámbok Biokert

Contact: Matthew Hayes(opens in new window)

Location: 2116 Zsámbok, Szent László utca 56, Hungary

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: March 4, 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Mixed farmyard manure (FYM). By weight 40% beef steer manure; 30% wheat straw; 15% pig manure; 15% horse manure (all at 70% moisture).

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): no result yet

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? on-farm use

Want to join us? Register your BEAM Bioreactor project(opens in new window) and we'll add it to this page. Instructions for building your own bioreactor (JPG) are available in written and video form.

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