EM•1® and Pro EM•1® Daily Probiotic Cleanse are manufactured by EMRO USA Effective Microorganisms. EM America, started in 2005, is the marketing company for the continental United States. EM Technology® products are sold in over 70 retail stores, including Whole Foods Market, through its extensive e-commerce site, and through over 75 resellers. The majority of clients are homeowners, however clients also include the Joshua Tree National Park, Harding Golf Course, Santa Barbara Golf Course, and several parks in the state of Washington.
Grayland Beach and Twin Harbors State Parks Use EM•1® For Wastewater Treatment in Washington State Parks
Parks treat sewage in an earth-friendly way
By Deb Peterson
This past summer, Grayland Beach and Twin Harbors state parks started experimenting with the use of microorganisms to help with septic system treatment and odor control. The Grayland Beach trailer dump station has had problems with odor that are finally being knocked down with the use of a microbial solution called Effective Microorganisms™ (EM•1®), one of a variety of products available that use bacteria to treat wastewater. EM•1® is a combination of what are known as “beneficial microorganisms” including lactic acid bacteria, yeast, and phototrophic bacteria. It is non-toxic to humans, animals, plants and the environment. The park reports that the whole system is cleaner after using EM•1® . It’s cutting the sludge, and, to their surprise, they are not having to clean the misting heads in the drainfield as often. Staff also report that EM•1® is easy to use. At Grayland Beach, approximately 8-10,000 gallons of sewage is treated in a system of four 3,000-gallon holding tanks. The average flow is 500 gallons per day with peaks up to 1,000 gallons per day. After experimenting with quantities of EM•1® , staff found that 2.5 gallons of EM•1® per day added to the first tank greatly reduced the odor, reduced suspended solids and the biological oxygen demand (BOD). The BOD is an important measure of water quality (it is a measure of the amount of oxygen needed by bacteria and other microorganisms to oxidize the organic matter present in a water sample over a period of five days).
Organic Farm in Tucson using EM•1® and selling to local restaurants
Sleeping Frog Farms is a small organic farm in the North side of Tucson, Arizona. They are growing a variety of heirloom salad vegetables using bokashi and Activated EM•1®. Besides selling at the local farmers markets and to walk-in customers, they are also carving out a niche selling their high quality produce to local restaurants.
The farm has just made their 1st year anniversary and keeps expanding on the property. They have about 1 acre under cultivation at this point and hope to expand as needed. This summer they started holding monthly workshops on EM Technology® with EM America.
Large Conventional Chili Pepper Farms Test EM•1® As Part Of Their Fertilizer Program
This summer we began working with a fertilizer company out of New Mexico. New Mexico is known for chili peppers. Most of the farms in the area use flood irrigation, which is very inefficient. Penn Farms in Deming, New Mexico switched from flood irrigation to drip irrigation and saw their crop yields go from 12 tons per acre to 18. This summer they applied Activated EM•1® at a rate of 80 gallons per acre and included a conventional nutrient program using high acid fertilizers. Activated EM•1® was applied on 1,500 acres. Crop yield for the first picking was over 25 tons. Numbers are not in yet for the entire crop. There were three other similar-sized farms in the area that had similar results.
1) Pepper plant
2) One of the 100-acre fields
3)Plant on left from field without EM® treatment. Plant on left from EM® treated field.
San Xavier Co-op farm
Billy Worthey is the farm manager of San Xavier Co-operative farm in Tucson, Arizona. He has been using EM•1® since the mid 1990’s and has presented at Festa on experiments with cotton. He has been managing the 2,400 acre farm since 2003. This is a Native American farm that had been left unproductive since the 1980’s. After lots of preparation, including a permaculture design and brand new computerized irrigation system, they are cultivating 800 acres using Nature Farming techniques. Over the next few years, Billy plans to build the farm up to its full 2,400 acres, build an education center, start raising cattle, and teach about Effective Microorganisms™ in agriculture.
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