Sunday
Jul122009

Cow Pat Pit

Cow Pat Pit (CPP)
What we learned from our visit to Tierra Miguel Farm

Cow Pat Pit, also known as barrel compost, is cow manure mixed with basalt powder and crushed eggshells. The manure is fermented together with preps 502-507 for 3 to 4 months. This will create compost to strengthen and balance the energies within the farm.

Cow Pat Pit compost is easy to make. All you need is some bricks, cow dung, basalt rocks (silica polarities), eggshells (calcium polarities), and biodynamic preparations (bearers of forces).

Step #1 (Create the Pit)
Start by digging a hole about 60 x 48 inches and about a foot deep. Use cement bricks to form a rectangular frame. Make sure your bricks are tightly aligned to avoid manure spilling from the sides.

 

Step #2 (Mix)
Mix the basalt powder and ground down eggshells into the cow manure for about 15-20 minutes.

Step #3 (Fill in Pit)
Shovel in the mixed cow manure into the hole between the bricks.



Step #4 (Add the organs)
Poke six “Organ” holes into the manure and add Preparations 502-506 into the organs. Cover up the holes with the manure; yes, get your hands in there! Preparation No. 507, liquid valerian, is mixed with water and applied on top of the cow manure. This manure will ferment and become healthy, black, beautiful rich soil.



BD preparations, also known as the organs of the compost pile:

• No. 502 Yarrow blossoms (Achillea millefolium)
• No. 503 Chamomile blossoms (Chamomilla officinalis)
• No. 504 Stinging nettle (whole plant in full bloom) (Urtica dioca)
• No. 505 Oak bark (Quercus robur)
• No. 506 Dandelion flowers (Taraxacum officinale)
• No. 507 Valerian flowers (Valeriana officinalis)

Step #5 (End Result)
Potentize the Compost in water and use about quarter cup per acre. Sprinkle or Spray over the land. If sprayed onto the trees and foliage directly, it should first be strained through a fine mesh. Use before any mulching around trees and/or plants.

Resources:
http://www.biodynamics.in/CPP.htm
http://www.purplepear.net.au/biodynamics.html
http://www.blairstreet.com/TestBDAI/bdagri.htm