IMO Collection in Dry climate

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Hey fellow microbial farmers… I see there’s not much traffic on here… But want to try keep the discord alive…this could be an awesome place to discuss trials and errors, successes and failures…We just gotta use it.  Anyway I live in Nothern Alberta, Canada, It can be very very dry here and hot in the summer… Like 30-40% humidity and maybe up to 60 if its about to rain. Temps can range 20 degrees C to 40 C… I have only tried one collection but it failed, I had heard a Chris Trump interview about using more water to cook the rice with when in less humid climates… can’t remember exactly where he is now, Idaho or something? I left my rice up on the mountain top for a week, I had almost nothing but dried out rice, had a spec or two of like a grey ish microbes. I’m not going to give up but wanted to see if anyone else out there in a similar climate has had any positive results?

  • knjfarms
    Trevor, Cook the rice half way, so it’s still moist. Once you put it in your box, cover with a breathable cloth and then cover with painters plastic to protect from rain, but also keep the moisture inside. PS: I also wash my rice, to make LAB and used the left over rice for IMO-1. Maybe it’s better food, if it doesn’t have so many microbes on it, hmmm. I can get mostly white, with little red/purple, no black. It took me 3x to get it right. -Jay
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theres a few diff ways to collect imos id try in your area to find a good shady tree with lots of activity and semi burry the collection box in the ground and cover well to hold in moisture …i do this in upstate NY to help not dry out as fast also u might have just waited to long to go back up the mountain and get your box ruffle 3 days is all it takes for me to get a good collection        …. happy imo hunting

  • Trevor
    thank you my friend, those are some very good points to consider for when I try again :)
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Another recommendation is to make sure that you are burying the box into the soil and then cocooning it with leaf litter that is around. This will help hold in the moisture and with direct contact with the soil, it will ‘bond’ together and share the precious water.

I talked a lot about collecting microbes in the desert in these episodes of the Microbial Secret Society Podcast:

#24 Sam Bevans: Desert KNF, Israel, Farming without Water

#32 Sam Bevans & Mike Kaplin – Irrigation without “water”, Polymorphism, Bechamp

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