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Batch:
No.2

Mulberry, Oak, Ash, Podocarpus, Citruses and Sweet Laurel Bay

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In Solidarity with Soil

At Finca Tierra Negra, Britt is baking and fermenting food scraps, garden clippings and coffee grounds to build earth through a passive method called Lasagna Composting. 

Lasagna Composting is the most forgiving and generous of all composts. It burns up pathogens and seed while keeping the biology alive and thriving.

Mother Nature runs her course here with no intervention.

It's kind of like Britt's baking cookies in the oven but what she's really doing is not far off. One will see steam off the top when approaching the Lasagna Compost. They will smell a delicious aroma of earth and coffee grounds.

Quality Ingredients

Our blends of green clippings are hands down the most nutritious resource we have to work with—especially here in Southern California.

Collected from residential yards and gardens, our tree trimmers bring us small batches of clean and healthy organic material on the day it is clipped to begin a new cycle.

This is our Carbon!

Composting food scraps with layers of blended yard clippings and coffee grounds converts organic material into a stable soil carbon, while retaining water and nutrients of the original matter. The result is a healthy inoculum that will bring the biology back into the soil naturally.

Proud to be working in collective with kitchens that stand for Food Justice at Lasa, Kismet, Cookbook and Triniti.

Batch 01: Mulberry, Ash, Oak, Podocarpus and Bay Seasoned with Coffee Grounds

Batch 01: Mulberry, Ash, Oak, Podocarpus and Bay Seasoned with Coffee Grounds

"The project is part urban garden, part environmental activism, and part art practice, but the big picture is to take waste, like food scraps and gardening clippings, and transform them into energy through composting."

— Gillian Ferguson, The Standard Culture

Lasagna Compost at the Food Book Fair in NYC

Lasagna Compost at the Food Book Fair in NYC

Lasagna Compost

Lasagna Compost is Living Soil; you will find billions of Indigenous Microorganisms in every handful of Lasagna Compost because it's alive! 

Indigenous Microorganisms (IMO) are the bioremediation we need to save our plants and animals from both polluted land and potential disease. IMOs do not just contain a single culture of beneficial microorganisms but a mixture of different beneficial microorganisms; it is a village of good bacteria that are living together in harmony with the rest of nature. 

The term “Indigenous Microorganisms” refers to a group of beneficial microbes that are native to the area, thus the name Indigenous (locally existing, not imported, no fossil fuels). IMOs have survived centuries and are considered the most primitive form of life here on earth. 

IMOs are the basis of making fertile soil. 

"It’s a months-long curating process that begins by collecting kitchen scraps from local restaurants and ends with a silky, jet black handful of soil that acts like superfood for your edible garden."

— Gillian Ferguson, The Standard Culture

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Soil Carbon
Sequestration

Now more than ever, it is paramount and the need is urgent to get involved in the Carbon Cycle on a grassroots level. 

This is an open invitation to all! We want to work together.

Our composting process converts organic material into stable Soil Carbon.

Increasing Soil Organic Carbon with our Lasagna Compost has two benefits­—as well as helping to mitigate climate change with soil carbon sequestration, it acts as a water filtration system and improves soil health. It is the basis of soil fertility. While releasing nutrients for plant growth, it promotes the structure, biological and physical health of soil and acts as a buffer against harmful substances with it's mycelium networks.

Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) is the amount of carbon stored in the soil, a component of Soil Organic Matter (SOM) which is plant and animal materials in the soil that are at various stages of decay. 

On an Agricultural scale; 1% increase in Soil Organic Matter enables each acre to hold an additional 20,000 gallons of rainfall. 

Our objective is to come Full Circle, creating high functioning regenerative compost systems for healthy soil, carbon storage, clean water, nutritious food, drought resistance and restored habitats.

Start where you are.

Baking and Fermenting Earth is a Restorative Practice; it’s a way to heal the past, in the present, for the future.

One will find a symbiotic relationship with microbes in both the act of composting organic material and the process of preparing fermented foods as part of a larger cycle of healing. In tandem, these two specific processes urge us to ask not only “where does our food come from?” but also “where is it going?” and “what is our role in this cycle?”

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."

— Lao Tzu

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About

Britt Browne is an interdisciplinary artist and grower living in Los Angeles. She draws on inspiration from deep-rooted Agrarian traditions around the world and is known to go to extremes for these pursuits, Laura Silverman once wrote, “Britt has a mad case for the blues; she’s in love with indigo.” The author would like to add that she is equally keen on working with the elements; she likes to have a good time.

Britt founded Finca Tierra Negra in 2017 with a mission to restore real food nutrition to the soil and vitality to our planet through methods of bio-remediation, restoration and regenerative land/soil management.

Her attraction to color and process have been detailed before and seen inside The Shelburne Museum, The Standard Hotel, For Your Art, Fellows of Contemporary Art, W Magazine, The Plant Journal and The Hammer Museum.

Today you can find her soil building in Pasadena. She is herself, living with her dog, Samson, hiking, swimming, steeping tea and escaping through to sonic landscapes among other things.

 

Photo of Britt and her dog Samson by Shelby Duncan