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.
Be Spartan Green Project 2012 Research Report - 20 pgs
Three power points of key aspects of the project.
Initial Project Start Up
Worm Composting Progress in 2012
Bailey GREENhouse Start up and First Year Activity
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.
Ten years of successful year-round CSA Program
Recorded presentation about the SOF from November 2012, 52 minutes
Power Point from Presentation:
Background information about the SOF production and farming methods:
Chapter by John Biernbaum in the book Fields of Learning
SOF Strategic Planning Review in 2007-2008
A 21 page report of a review of other student farms to identify management methods.
A 98 page summary of the strategic planning process and information gathered.
A six page summary of the managment and programs of the SOF in 2011.
Plan B Masters Thesis Report by Michelle Ferrarese 2005 covering the start up and initial evaluation of the MSU Student Organic Farm
3. Organic Farming
Presentation Handouts for Principles and Practices of Organic Farming and Gardening
Michigan Organic Conference Keynote Address - Marriage of Sense and Soul
4. Themophillic or "Hot" Compost
Composting Basics - 11 pages of introduction and concepts.
Two page compost quick course
General guidelines for composting for small and midsize farms.
Power Point Presentation from the 2012 Northern Michigan Small Farms Conference.
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
Description of Small and Medium Scale Worm Composting Methods Trialed in a Hoophouse
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
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
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
Basic concepts of planning and scheduling vegetable production.
Cold cellars as an essential farm season extension component to complement hoophouses
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.
Getting to know the vegetable families (8 handouts are planned, 5 are done)
9. Permaculture and Edible Forest Gardening
Plan B Masters Thesis Report by Jay Tomczak, 2007
Power Point on Perennials, Organic and Permaculture, 91 slides. Presented to the Nut Growers Association at the 2013 Annual Meeting at MSU.
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.
Dr. John Biernbaum
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