Dane Terrill comes to eco-agriculture through two long-standing pillars of the organic community, Flowerfield Enterprises and Crop Services International. Flowerfield Enterprises, founded in 1971 by Mary Appelhof, is a leader in the vermicomposting industry. A compost tea component was added in 2005, brewing and applying biologically rich compost teas to residential yards, gardens and athletic fields. Dane consults with farmers, superintendents and greenhouse growers. Flowerfield performs biological tests on compost and compost teas in their lab. Crop Services International, founded by Dr. Phil Wheeler over 35 years ago, offers a complete farm program utilizing state-of-the-art eco-agriculture. CSI specializes in transitioning conventional growers to sustainable, organic methods on four continents. Dane’s background in designing and maintaining a golf course using environmentally friendly practices created in him the need to provide a less toxic environment for his two children and the hundreds of other students that he coached in basketball and golf for 22 years. He holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in business from Albion College. He studied at the Sustainable Studies Institute in Corvallis, Oregon. He speaks widely on soil biology, vermiculture, soil science, compost teas, and the value of returning bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes to the soil, helping growers maintain or increase yields while reducing or eliminating inorganic fertilizers and pesticides.
Recorded at the 2014 Acres U.S.A. Conference, Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, December 6, 2014.