Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Current Participants in the Bioreactor Registry (T - Z)

Terravitka

Contact:  Vitalia Víg(opens in new window)

Location: Hungary

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 3

Installation Date: 2017-2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Leaves, woodchips, chipped yard waste

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): F:B ranged between 1:3 and 1:6 Test Results (PDF)

Chart of Temperature Profiles and Microscopy(opens in new window)

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? How much?:  unknown

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.

Timothy Farms, LLC

Contact:  Chris Martin

Location:  Willow Spring, NC, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  1

Installation Date:  12/6/2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio:  By volume approximate materials: ~88% yard leaves, ~8% grass clippings, ~4% other (bark, pine needles, twigs)

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Too early for me to test

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

Undo Climate Change LLC

Contact: Rob Weiman(opens in new window)

Location: Hazelwood, MO, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 4

Installation Date: May 26, 2020, Oct. 22, 2020, Nov. 4, 2020, Feb. 6, 2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio:  The first reactor was filled with invasive honeysuckle 25%, wet leaves 40%, and old compost 35%. Number 2 was filled with 33% leaves, 35% kitchen scraps and coffee grounds, 33% grass clippings . The 3rd one is only about 1/3 full of leaves 75%, and kitchen scraps. All 3 are smaller than your normal bioreactor. I am putting together a video on # 1. I will do the same for number 2. I also used black soldier fly larvae in #1 instead of worms. Boy did they go to town. Photo of Rob Weiman and his latest bioreactor.(opens in new window)

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Not sure how to do this just yet

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? I am planning on building at least 10 and selling carbon offsets, using Patreon and Kickstarter to get folks to support the production of the compost so I can give it to farmers, ranchers, and other end-users in their name.

Unruh's Project

Contact:  Ted Unruh

Location:  Cromer Manitoba Canada

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  6-8

Installation Date:  Feb. 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio:  90% Feedlot bedding, 8% dry straw, 2% wood chips

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio):  1.75:1

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Usero Project

Contact: Pau Pérez Usero

Location: La Roca del Vallès, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio:  Wild grass straw 1/6, 3/4 Maple leaves, 1/7 Manure. (Approximately)

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Will know in a few months.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No, I plan on using it for my research project. I'm currently investigating the Johnson Su bioreactor and its benefits in agriculture.

Van Diemen Quality Bulbs

Contact:  Dave & Alan(opens in new window)

Location:  Wynyard, Tasmania, Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  12

Installation Date:  12/7/20, 5/17/21, 7/25/21

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio:  1 & 2 : seed screenings and stalks from Legume and Saia oat crops. 3 & 4 : 5 - 10 : Pea & legume waste (high nitrogen) : 1 part, Saia oats waste : 2.2 parts, Tic bean waste : 2 parts,, straw : 1 parts, sawdust : 1.7 parts 11 & 12 : Pea & legume seed processing waste (high nitrogen) : 1 part, Saia oats processing waste : 3 parts, Lilium roots : 8 parts, straw : 7.5 parts, sawdust : 8 parts

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

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

Vozrozhdenye Ltd. comp.

Contact: Hanspeter Rikli

Location: Voronezh, Russian Federation

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 16

Installation Date: May 2020, August 2020, May 2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio:  Chopped hay from a grass/esparsette/alfalfa mix

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Heat phase passed well, added worms after 2 months, moisture ok. We have hot summers and cold winters. Last autumn we covered the compost with straw and plastic wrap and installed some kind of heating. However, in some parts the compost did freeze. This spring the compost material looked still fresh, very similar to silage, but without bad smell. The worms are active, but there are few signs of decomposition so far. That's why I decided to give him another season for maturing. This winter I want to cover it with a plastic tunnel. So the sun will heat it up as from February.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? We have 1000 hectares of land under no-till. Cereals/soybean/sunflower We want to apply it ourselves. I am very interested, whether BEAM will outperform BASF.

Whanganui Project

Contact: David

Location: Whanganui, New Zealand

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: October 25, 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio:  45% - Pea Hay 30% - Wood chips (combination of young and old shredded shoots) 20% - Dried grass clippings 5% - Organic sheep pellets

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? Will be using on our land

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, Montana, 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. 

Wunsch Project

Contact: Garth Wunsch

Location: Lively, Ontario, Canada

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: November 15, 2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 100% shredded leaves (lawnmower) about 50% oak, 40% maple and 10 % unknown. Inoculated with a few shovels old horse manure and excellent thermophilic compost.

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? Yes, as extracts and tea applications. No price yet set.

Yawning Llama Farm

Contact: Andrew Stone(opens in new window)

Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: 4/25/2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Dry cottonwood leaves: 50% Half-composed cottonwood leaves with earth and compost 49% Chicken guano 1% [water not included in proportions]

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Awaiting results next April 2022

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

Zsuzsanna Kovacs’ Project

Contact: Zsuzsanna Kovacs

Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: 2/20/2021, 8/9/2021

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 1st: wood chips and tree leaves in 1 to 3 ratio, 2nd: A smaller one, using a geobin 108 inches in perimeter, and 3 pipes (4” wide) were inserted into the middle. I also used this black plastic “cloth” that can breathe. I pulled the pipes after 1 day since it started heating up significantly. Air can penetrate from outside and the middle of the inside circle (which is as wide as 3 pipes together, roughly 12 inches) . I used 95% organic alfalfa hay, 5% hardwood pellets which turned into sawdust after they were wetted. I also used high quality compost to innoculate the water it soaked in. This turned into a fairly hot compost, it’s been running at 155-162 degrees for 2 days now.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): will know in a year

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? no