Feb 132013
 
three life stages of the black soldier fly

three life stages of the black soldier fly

Introduction to BSF

If you found “grubs” in your compost or worm bin, or if you just learned of this amazing composting technique, the “BSF Basics” page is a good place to begin: LINK

Nov 012013
 

 

Full Moon Natives is proud to present the 5th Annual

Purple Cow Festival

Saturday ~ November 16, 2013
10:00am – 4:00pm

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Free Seminars
10:00
Invite Pollinators to Your Yard by Kevin Bagwell
11:00
Whole Family Wellness by Wes Burwell
12:30
Holiday Herbs by Joyce Harris, The Herbal Gourmet
1:30
Bio-Composting w/Black Soldier Fly Larvae by Jerry the Black Soldier Fly Guy
2:30
The World of Beekeeping by Master Beekeeper Tom Bartlett
 
Oct 192013
 
Good drainage is key to a balanced BSF system

When I refer to a “balanced BSF system” I mean one that promotes aerobic bacteria (thrives in oxygen) and discourages anaerobic bacteria (thrives in the absence of oxygen). A nice benefit to an aerobic system is that it smells neutral, or even good, depending the waste being processed. Anaerobic bacteria are associated with foul, sewer-like odors which are a sign that a composter needs attention. To maintain an aerobic environment in our composters, we need pockets of air throughout the waste. The problem is that BSF castings are so fine, and they generate such a large volume of them, that air pockets are filled up over time. This dense, oxygen-starved waste usually becomes anaerobic. Even in systems that seem fine at the top, and may even smell fine, if you dig down a bit you’ll find stinky anaerobic waste. Besides being less efficient, it’s usually just a matter of time before the condition worsens. I believe I’ve solved this problem.

The combination vertical/horizontal, slotted drain system on my BSF bio-composter allows the operator to easily flush out the fine BSF castings which results in an oxygen-rich environment, and which also produces a potentially valuable liquid fertilizer as a byproduct. You may learn more about this unique drainage system here: LINK

Oct 102013
 

Pawpaw chapter of the FNPS

October Chapter Meeting – Composting with BSF
Piggotte Center 504 Big Tree Rd. S. Daytona
Program – Composting with Black Soldier Fly Larvae – Jerry of blacksoldierflyblog.com

The Pawpaw Chapter meets at the Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Rd.  This is at the corner of Big Tree and James St, entrance is off of James St.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, Program at 7pm

Sep 212013
 
vintage radioWelcome NPR listeners!

We’re very happy to see information about black soldier flies (BSF) getting out into the mainstream.  NPR does a great job of finding interesting and educational topics, and this program is a great example.

Using BSF for processing organic wastes and/or raising insect protein is relatively new to most people, but it’s growing exponentially. BSF larvae are super-fast composters, and they are a valuable feed for backyard chickens, exotic pets, and a wide variety of livestock. This site has good basic information about BSF, but if you want to get into some geeky detail, I recommend a visit to our forum. Enjoy!