Since our founding in 2009 Agra-Cycle has remained true to our calling ...
"promote sustainable agriculture as a foundation for sustainable communities"
We exist to increase community support of sustainable farming and to educate and encourage a new generation that shares a passion for sustainability.
It's time that we go "Back To The Start"
Does this video stir something inside you? Then you're among friends here.
This video was produced by Chipolte.com and was inspired by the story of one of their suppliers, Russ Kremer.
Russ grew up with a passion for pork farming. But eventually grew disenchanted with the "new" way of raising pork. What happened next, changed his life - in ways he never imagined. As Russ puts it,
"Within a few years, I knew something was dangerously wrong. Crammed together in unhealthy conditions, our pigs got sick and died at every stage of production. I spent a large portion of my day treating sick pigs and carrying off dead ones that succumbed to a myriad of enteritis, respiratory, reproductive, and arthritic diseases. Tests revealed that these illnesses were caused by deadly superbugs, pathogens resistant to almost all antibiotics available to me, including numerous human antibiotics."
Yet it wasn't until 1989 that Kremer experienced a personal revelation.
After being gored in a leg by a hog, his wound became infected with an virulent antibiotic resistant pathogen. Kremer spent two months battling a life threatening infection. That experience set him on the path to sustainable farming.
Agra-Cycle recognizes the need of sustainable farming enterprises to have access to the very best in organic amendments, fertilizer and microorganisms.
But having access alone is only half the equation.
Often times the problem is not access but affordability! The best products don't mean a thing to a small farm if they can't afford it!
At Agra-Cycle, we believe that there is a more sustainable way!
We are pleased to announce the beginning of a new service for sustainable farms, nurseries, certified organic growers and independent garden centers nationwide.
Agra-Cycle can supply you with just the organic fertilizers you are looking for, in bulk quantities and at very best prices.
We believe that we can fill the niche for NOP approved and OMRI Listed products at competitive prices without the hassle.
Visit our Wholesale Organic Fertilizer page for more information.
Grass Fed Beef
We have some very exciting research projects that we are ready to begin in the Mid-South and we anticipate that 2013 is going to be a very busy year!
While Agra-Cycle will continue to develop
a hyper-thermophilic composting unit (that we affectionately call the
Vee-Stack) we have increased our focus on sustainable methods to recycle organic waste beyond aerobic composting methods.
There are some inherent problems that exist with traditional open-air aerobic composting methods such as smell, rodents and the risk of fire. These composting facilities often become so expensive with labor, equipment cost and maintenance that they can become financially unsustainable.
The dirty little secret about composting? Traditional aerobic composting creates as much
carbon dioxide and methane gas as it would if that waste were rotting
away in the landfill!
So in terms of being a 'green' process it is terribly inefficient.
Agra-Cycle uses a process of anaerobic composting that we are convinced is the solution to this problem. Anaerobic composting is relatively unheard in the United States but it is a household term in most of the orient where it has been used for generations!
The Death of the Soil is the Death of Civilization
The photo above is a local field that is nutrient and microbial depleted. Notice how the soil is bare except for a few weeds? There is no cover crop.
Every year the soil gets worse and the yield is lower than before. The answer is not in more chemicals to force growth or more potent weedkillers or even in genetically modified organisms.
The answer lies in sustainable agriculture.
Call it what you may, organic, permaculture, natural, bio-dynamic - we all agree on one foundational fact and that is accepting Nature on her own terms. And if there is another it would have to be "First Do No Harm"
Nano Technology comes to the farm!
Agra-Cycle is also partnering with local CSA and organic farms to show case NOP and OMRI Nano-Engineered, all natural products that increase the effectiveness of fertilizers!
These are truly inspiring projects
that we believe will help promote more sustainable agriculture in our community.
But even more exciting is all the recycled organic matter that will be returned to the soil where it belongs!
There it will act as a carbon sink, absorbing many times it's weight in atmospheric carbon!
This helps improve our air quality, improves the soil and raises the brix levels and nutritional quality of crops.
What's not to get excited about?