SymSoil Production Hub #1 Suisun Valley Update

Things are coming together at SymSoil’s first production hub in Suisun Valley.  Although all the pieces are not yet in place, we expect a few more key tasks to be accomplished in the next few days that will allow us to have a team work session next Thursday and Friday, March 20 and 21.  This will accomplish the first stages of our hub build-out and start actual operations with the fungal bins and perhaps more. This date is contingent on completion of the initial site prep by the contractor on Saturday (firm) and at least one bin – possibly four … Continue reading SymSoil Production Hub #1 Suisun Valley Update

Fungal Bays – SymSoil Production Hub 1

We intend to install fixed bays at our Suisun Valley location to accommodate multiple  colonies of fungal species of  3-6 cubic yards each.  This describes the functional qualities that these bays must deliver and the design decisions made to accommodate each consideration. To get a good, substantial start on this capacity within a reasonable budget, we undertake 4 initial bays with a capacity of 3-6 yards each.  These will have a nominal size of 4 x 4 x 3 feet, with an actual  interior volume of  approximately 162 cf, or six cubic yard. By nominal, it is meant that the … Continue reading Fungal Bays – SymSoil Production Hub 1

Glyphosate Degradation

Glyphosate was developed by Monsanto in the 1970s, and sold under the brand name Roundup. Today, glyphosate-based products are the most widespread herbicides. Glyphosate does not breakdown in water, air or sunlight and accumulates in many environments. There is increasing evidence that it is toxic, not only to plants, but also for animals and bacteria. While glyphosate is harmful to many microbes, there is hope for the future. There are a number of soil bacteria and fungi which break the chemical bonds of glyphosate. We recently read an article which reviewed which soil microbes were able to break down from the … Continue reading Glyphosate Degradation

Cows, Compost and Lessons from 2018

Biofertilizers are a billion dollar industry with a 40% CAGR , driven by the growth in demand for organic food. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization believes that, at the current rate of soil degradation in farmland, there are only about 60 crop cycles in humanity’s future. Furthermore, biologically active soil amendments, like SymSoil™ Robust Compost, is the only cost effective way to roll back global warming. But I knew these factoids when I incorporated SymSoil in 2017. So, what was the big lesson of 2018? Language matters. Hay and Cows are obviously different, but the organic matter that people … Continue reading Cows, Compost and Lessons from 2018