Publications & Presentations for Download — Dr. John Biernbaum, Professor

Important: These materials are intended for use by students, educators, farmers and gardeners.  They are not intended for publication or distribution without permission of the author.

1. Closing the MSU Food Cycle Loop - Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm

A six page summary of the project to date including pictures.

BaileyWormStory8-Summer2014.pdf

Be Spartan Green Project 2012 Research Report - 20 pgs

BiernbaumFoodLoopFinalReport2012.pdf 

Three power points of key aspects of the project.

Initial Project Start Up

BiernbaumWormsHerbs2010-2011-46slides.pdf 

Worm Composting Progress in 2012

2012SOF-WORMhouseComposting49slides.pdf 

Bailey GREENhouse Start up and First Year Activity

2012Bailey-GREENhouseHerbs67slides-JAB.pdf

 

2. MSU Student Organic Farm at the Horticulture Teaching and Research Center

Visit  www.msuorganicfarm.org for additional information.

Two page flyer summarizing the SOF and some programs and projects.

SOFTourFlyer2013.pdf

SOF-Brochure2pgs.pdf

Ten years of successful year-round CSA Program

SOF-10-year-anniversary.pdf

Recorded presentation about the SOF from November 2012,  52 minutes

https://soundcloud.com/organicatmsu/john-biernbaum-msu-student 

Power Point from Presentation: 

Student-Organic-Farm-10-Year-Review-Share.pdf

Background information about the SOF production and farming methods:

http://tnfarchives.nofa.org/?q=article/michigan-state-university-student-organic-farm-year-round-food-and-learning  

Chapter by John Biernbaum in the book Fields of Learning

FourSeasonStudentFarmingScanned-9pgs.pdf 

Four-Season-Student-Farming.pdf

SOF Strategic Planning Review in 2007-2008

A 21 page report of a review of other student farms to identify management methods.

SOF-Structure-Research-Report.pdf

A 98 page summary of the strategic planning process and information gathered.

2008-SOF-StrategicPlanningFinalReport.pdf

A six page summary of the managment and programs of the SOF in 2011.

StudentOrganicFarmDescription2011.pdf

Plan B Masters Thesis Report by Michelle Ferrarese 2005 covering the start up and initial evaluation of the MSU Student Organic Farm

FerrareseMSU-SOF-Startup.pdf

 

3. Organic Farming 

Presentation Handouts for Principles and Practices of Organic Farming and Gardening

Organic-Farming-hand-col-2006-10pgs.pdf

Organic-Matters-figure-6pgs.pdf

Michigan Organic Conference Keynote Address - Marriage of Sense and Soul

2006-Michigan-Organic-Conference-Keynote-15pgs.pdf

 

4. Themophillic or "Hot" Compost

Composting Basics - 11 pages of introduction and concepts.

CompostProductionUse-11pgs.pdf 

Two page compost quick course

Compost-Quick-Course-2pgs.pdf 

General guidelines for composting for small and midsize farms.

BiernbaumCompostHandout12pgs-Jan2012.pdf 

Power Point Presentation from the 2012 Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference.

BiernbaumCompostNMSFC2012.pdf

 

5. Worm or "Vermi" composting

Recommendations for Worm Composting for small scale intensive farming and gardening based on five years of research (2010-2014) with vermicomposting kitchen preparation residue in a passive solar greenhouse or high tunnel.

Worm Biology and Environmental Factors Influencing Worm Production and Composting

Vermicomposting-Bio-Enviro-Quality-13-pgs.pdf

PowerPoint-BasicBiologyEnvironment2014-47.pdf

Description of Small and Medium Scale Worm Composting Methods Trialed in a Hoophouse

Vermicomposting-Systems-19pgs.pdf

 

6. Hoophouses & High Tunnels

Visit   www.hoophouse.msu.edu for additional information.

Season Extension and Hoophouse Basics 21 pgs.

 Hoophouse Opportunities and Decisions - Farmer Considerations

High Tunnel Water Soil and Fertility Management

High Tunnel Crop Rotation, Scheduling and Planning

High Tunnel Light and Temperature Management

Plan B Masters Thesis Report by Emily Reardon, 2005, Elemtary School Hoophouse Project

Reardon-ElemSchoolHoophouseMSUThesis.pdf 

Video of simple high tunnel and low tunnel constuction

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rljSuOFc6Kg.  21 minutes

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lQIMVahP1nM  18 minutes

Summary of High Tunnel Information Available on the internet

HT-JAB-InternetInfo-2014-4pgs-final.pdf

 

7. Organic Transplant Production

Organic Transplant Basics - 12 pages - first prepared in 2003

Methods to Develop an Action Plan for Transplant Production

One hour recorded webinar presentation on Organic root media and fertility management for Transplants through e-organic

 

8. Vegetables and Season Extension including Cold Cellars

Basic concepts of season extension and use of low tunnels and home made hoops

PerpetualProduce-10pgs.pdf

Basic concepts of planning and scheduling vegetable production.

PlanningSchedulingFourSeasonFarm12pgs.pdf

Cold cellars as an essential farm season extension component to complement hoophouses

Root-Cellar-Handout-Diagram-6pgs.pdf

RootCellars-PowerPoint-6-per-page-14pgHandout.pdf

A detailed review of planning considerations for cold storage completed by 3 undergraduate students in Biosystems Engineering as their senior project.  The focus was on helping the SOF plan for a possible cold cellar or cold room to be built in the future.

SOF-Cold-Cellar-Final-Report-94pgs.pdf

Getting to know the vegetable families  (8 handouts are planned, 5 are done)

All-About-Alliums-2pgs.pdf

BrassicaBrothers-4-pgs.pdf 

CurcurbitCousins-4pgs.pdf

Luscious-Legumes-PeasBeans-5pgs.pdf

Radical-Roots-CarrotsBeetsEtc-5-pgs.pdf 

 

9. Permaculture and Edible Forest Gardening

Plan B Masters Thesis Report by Jay Tomczak, 2007

MSU-SOF-EdibleForestGarden.pdf 

Power Point on Perennials, Organic and Permaculture, 91 slides. Presented to the Nut Growers Association at the 2013 Annual Meeting at MSU.

BiernbaumOrganicFarmingPermacultureMSUSOF.pdf 

 

10. Urban Agriculture

 

11. Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (UPREC)

Launching a new teaching and incubator farm at the UPREC North Farm has been an important new effort for 2014.  Hiring a farm manager and assistant farm manager, developing a starting farm plan, and ordering and construction a hoophouse were completed by June 1.  The crew at the farm has made great progress since then.

ChathamNewDayDawningFutures2013Vol31-6pgs.pdf

Dr. John  Biernbaum, Professor

Dr. John Biernbaum
Professor

A440-C Plant & Soil Sciences Building
East Lansing MI 48824-1325

Phone: (517) 353-0419
Fax: (517) 353-0890

Email: biernbau@msu.edu

www.hrt.msu.edu/john-biernbaum