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Cherry Skin Composting - Current Practices?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:27 am
by taylormork
Anybody seen any recent initiatives in regards to composting of coffee cherry skins? I've seen my fair share of "let it pile up and don't do anything with it" or "let it pile up, let it sit for a while, give it out to interested farmers once the acidity is [hopefully] not too high." Sure, many agronomy projects promote use of cherry skin compost, but I have yet to see any true cherry skin management system, testing, microbial composting, etc.

That said, I haven't spent much time on larger estates which might treat this more seriously.

Any good resources available on this subject? Perhaps info on how long it takes to adequately compost under xyz conditions, additional additives required for a proper mix (i.e. not just skins), testing practices, etc?

Re: Cherry Skin Composting - Current Practices?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:28 pm
by Peter G
I feel like the best cherry composting systems are worm compost units. The cherry worm compost area on Finca Selva Negra is second to none, except perhaps Roberto Salazar's in Honduras. There are plenty more. The vermicompost from cherries is vermicompost, which is an effective and useful manure.

Peter G

Re: Cherry Skin Composting - Current Practices?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:20 am
by phaelon56
Get in touch with Nishant Gurjer of Kaapi Royale (Sethuraman Estates in Magundi India.) He's doing worm composting and using organic micro-nutrient spray made from cow byproducts as well as a host of other bio-diversity practices. You can find him on Facebook or ping Andrew Hetzel to reach him. Nishant has an engineering background and is not only engaged in some very progressive practices on the farm but also monitors and documents the results carefully.