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Current Participants in the Bioreactor Registry

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Find people participating in the research(opens in new window) and development of BEAM compost below. We recently had to expand into additional pages. For now you can find listings A - M on this page and listings N-Z are here.(opens in new window) 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.

Test results are coming in!

Please remember to update us so we can include you. Participants who have sent us test results are listed here.(opens in new window)

Afterhours Ag

Contact: Tony Thompson

Location: Bourke, New South Wales, Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 7

Installation Date: March - May 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: eucalypt wood Chips 33% Sheep Manure 33% Plus Various mixes of the following to make up the balance eucalypt leaves Cotton Gin Trash whole Kangaroo's Lacto bacillus

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Nothing measured yet

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No - our own use

Alister Meyer’s project

Contact: Alister Meyer

Location: Waimate, New Zealand

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 3

Installation Date: Making them now (April 26, 2020)

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Haven’t filled them yet

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Anchorage Farm

Contact: Stephen Shafer(opens in new window)

Location: Saugerties NY

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: filled and covered March 27 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: ash wood chips 49% leaves and grass that had gone thru mower-vac last fall 49% 2% sheep barn litter for good luck

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Full test results and comments(opens in new window)Additional test results and commments on making compost tea(opens in new window) from BEAM compost.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No, plan to use it ourselves

Appleseed Farms

Contact: Mark MacKenzie

Location: White Lake Ontario Canada

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  3

Installation Date: July 2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: all three with manure of 10% but one was horse, one cow and one chicken hay 45% wood chips 45%

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): not finished yet - have to find out what shape they are in when the snow melts later this month

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  No, will use internally

Axis Farms

Contact: Mark Sanders

Location: Altamont, Manitoba, Canada

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  20

Installation Date: March 15, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 98.9% ground wheat straw 1/2 inch screen 1% lactating dairy manure 0.1% earth from virgin bush. Plus water. Added red wrigglers at four weeks.

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  Would consider

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Contact: Ray Cooper

Location: Mansfield, MO

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  1

Installation Date: Week of May 5th, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 1/3 manure 2/3 Stable Straw/manure mixture

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  No, Created for educational purposes

Bart's Project

Contact: Bart

Location: Hemiksem, Antwerp, Belgium

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  1

Installation Date: December 21, 2018 

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: woodchips : 2/3 ; Leaves (Oak, Lime) 1/3 ; 2 buckets of 10 L each of MCC compost (used as inoculum ; 3 buckets of 20 L each goat feces / urine and some donkey feces / urine with some straw. 1/2 kg of worms added : July 2019. Dec. 21, 2019 : volume decreased by 50 cm. Continuous temperature measurement, temperature did not pass 30 degrees Celsius.

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  No

Batchelder/Comstock

Contact: Matt Batchelder, Charles Comstock

Location: Tomball, Texas

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  13

Installation Date: 2-01/30/19; 2-09/01/19; 9-03/15/20-04/09/20

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 100% Leaves from various trees in the Houston area including but not limited to: Southern Live Oak, Schumard Oak, Pecan, Red Maple

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Two samples. Tombull bioreactor: Bacterial counts were 15-20 microbes/0.25 nanoliter and good fungal biomass with ~ 8-9 spores per 4 nanoliters. San Antonio bioreactor: ~10 bacteria/0.25 nL 12-15 spores/4 nl and good fungal biomass. Additional comments and photos.(opens in new window)

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  Yes, but not certain.

Bignell Ranching

Contact: Adrian Bignell

Location: Mazabuka, Zambia, Central Africa

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 4 made and about to be filled, aiming for 10 in total.

Installation Date: May 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Dried lawn cuttings, leaves and spoilt hay. Planning on using cow dung in the water in the initial wetting process.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): n/a

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No, all for use on the farm

Chico Flax LLC

Contact: Durl Van Alstyne

Location: Chico, CA USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: To be installed July 12th 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: wooden pallet plastic sewer pipes weed cloth 6x6x10 inch concrete reinforcing mesh tie wire and blocks

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Will let you know

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? no

Chico State University Farm

Contact: Cindy Daley

Location: Chico, CA, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 8

Installation Date: October 2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: livestock manure and bedding material, which was a combination of straw and shavings

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? Currently for research purposes.

Cleary Farming

Contact: Mike

Location: Dubbo NSW Australia 2830

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: June 9, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Kikuyu grass clippings Barley straw Pine saplings Various tree Leaves Cow manure Sheep manure

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Country Jewel Farm

Contact: Dr Ron Picardi

Location: Sugar Loaf NY

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: June 5, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Just starting

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No

Cross JM Farm & Ranch Management

Contact: Jeremia Markway

Location: Eugene, Missouri, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1 plus more in the making

Installation Date: March 2020

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Horse stall cleanings (sawdust and horse manure). I'm not sure of the exact ratio.

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Yet to be determined.

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? Yes, but I am not sure on the pricing at this time.

Darrol Shillingburg's Farm

Contact: Darrol Shillingburg(opens in new window)

Location: Las Cruces, NM, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: 1/15/2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: dried ,shredded vegetable garden waste - 60% shredded and whole tree leaves - 40%

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): ?/? not measured, but massive fruiting body growth when exposed to daylight

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No - used only as a soil and seed inoculant in personal vegetable and fruit garden. Also used in other gardens on request to increase soil bio-diversity

Delpine Farms

Contact: Shauna Eagleton

Location: Martinsdale, MT, USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: Planning to build at least 12

Installation Date: 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Various chicken manure, straw, brewery grains. Not yet filled so unsure of exact ratios

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No, for farm use

Donald Lourie's Project

Contact: Donald Lourie

Location: Springdale, AR USA

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: December 28, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Shredded leaves 95% Chopped Hay 5%

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? Perhaps

Doyle Estates

Contact: Richard

Location: Boggabilla NSW Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: July 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Barley straw, horse manure and sawdust, Chinese elm leaves, grass clippings.

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? NA

Dufatanye Organization

Contact: Lori Brya

Location: Nyanza, Rwanda

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: December 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: fencing, pallete, more info to come

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): that will be discovered in 1 year

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?: possibly, to be discovered

Eastwell

Contact: Bryant and Susie Ussher

Location: Kin Kin, Qld, Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 5 completed. Another lot to make and put in place. 

Installation Date: January/February 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Dairy manure, bales of hay/straw, wood chip and forest chip

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Results of forest woodchips compost (PDF)Results of camphor woodchips compost (PDF).

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? No. Personal use on our farm.

EclectAcres Vineyards

Contact: Leonard Chmiel

Location: Hotchkiss, Colorado, United Sates

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: 9/9/19

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 20% mostly decomposed horse manure 40% shredded grapevine prunings 40% shredded cottonwood/willow leaves.

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

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

Edapro GmbH

Contact: Lorenz Rieger(opens in new window)

Location: Wädenswil, Zurich, Switzerland

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 2

Installation Date: 15.11.2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 1 reactor with equal parts of horse manure, beech leaves, poplar wood chips, additionally rock dust, bentonite clay and biochar. 1 reactor with equal parts of cow manure, beech leaves, poplar wood chips, additionally rock dust, bentonite clay and biochar

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): will be published soon

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? NA

Efeler Farm

Contact: Başak Erdem(opens in new window) 

Location: Germencik / Aydın / Turkey 

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors:  10

Installation Date: 01.03.2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: corn silage to 25% and straw to 35 cow manure %40 

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

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale?  no 

Ellando Contracting

Contact: Glenn Landsberg

Location: Charleville Qld, Australia

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 3

Installation Date: 2 started November 2017, 1 started November 2018

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: Have modified the first two bins to a flow through design, add new material to the top pretty much monthly, harvest matured material from an access point at base now that we are over 12months. Read more . . .(opens in new window)

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): Unable to test

Do you plan to offer your BEAM for sale? Would certainly be interested in being commercial, haven’t gone down that path, most of the country is still recovering from drought.

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.

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

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

Number of Johnson-Su Bioreactors: 1

Installation Date: Week of April 22nd, 2019

Materials used to make BEAM and in what ratio: 1/3 calf manure 1/3 mixture of stable straw/manure 1/3 dried grass

Results of finished BEAM (Fungal:Bacterial Ratio): No results at this time other than being aerobic

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

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)

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

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 re maining in thermophylic zone (140F--150F). Volume has decreased about 10%. Moisture level is steady—@ 70%.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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). 

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(opens in new window)

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.

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