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Sheep at the Allen Farm

Grass fed flock at the Allen Farm, Martha's Vineyard.


As a composting consultant, I often have the good fortune to visit some amazing properties. The Allen Farm, on Martha’s Vineyard, is one such place. Mitchell Posin and Clarissa Allen invited me over to their lovely 14th generation grass fed sheep farm, managed organically and biodynamically. 100 green acres rolling to the Atlantic ocean, blue autumn skies and white sheep dotting the hillsides made for a picture postcard weekend. Mitchell had some questions about how to improve the quality of his compost tea.

He has two 250 gallon GeoTea brewers, and one 1200 gallon GeoTea Vortex brewer.

1200 gallon brewer

1200 gallon GeoTea compost tea brewer


Did I mention it’s an impressive operation? He’s been applying tea for a few years now, specifically to enhance their nutrient management of the fields. Along with grass fed sheep, Mitch raises pastured poultry and sees good gains in nutrient cycling utilizing multispecies grazing.

compost tea trailer

Here’s some pictures taken with the microscope: (I purchased my microscope from Microbe Organics)

A bacterial feeding nematode

Bacteria feeding nematode


Fungal feeding nematode

Fungal feeding nematode