Decelera Compost Teas

At Zawadi Farm, soil nutrition is paramount in our operation. We found that by using Crooked Farmz’ compost tea we were able to maintain and better our soil nutrient capacity and the plants surely benefited!

Jessey Njau, Zawadi Farm

Decelera Teas trace their roots to two meanings: in the Latin term celeritas meaning related to speed or swiftness, as well as the vegetable celery, known in early Italian as di sceleri, which originally comes from selinon, a Greek Parsley meant to be eaten or chewed slowly for its therapeutic purposes and medicinal benefits.

Our Decelera Tea library works with principles of slowing speed to offer good medicine for our plants, and also for ourselves, in a fresh and timely fashion.

Our Crooked Farmz CSA subscription package includes the following four teas, each with a common aerobic brew but with unique micro-amendments suitable for the time of the season: 1. MYCO, 2. FLORA, 3. AQUA and 4. ENDO.

1. MYCO
(Late May – Early June)

STRUCTURE: A tea brimming with mycelium potential to begin the growing season, designed to promote the mycorrhizal activity and fungal growth required to generate stronger root structures and an overall healthier plant later in the summer.

2. FLORA
(Late June – Early July)

BALANCE: As plants really begin to take root, strengthen, and flower, a tea supplemented with additional organic ingredients from the East York area to develop the more complex harmonies with the local ecology necessary for vigorous growth and increased resistance to pests.

3. AQUA
(Late July – Early August)

ENERGY: This phase of the season is about maximizing the nutrients and water in our soil to nourish healthy fruits and vegetables, and this tea emphasizes our connection to the deep time of lakes and oceans with an abundance of fish and seaweed matter as tea amendments.

4. ENDO
(Late August – Early Sept)

ENDURANCE: An echo of renewal in a balanced mix to extend vegetables during our increasingly long seasons, quickly turn around space for fresh succession plantings of winter-hardy crops, prepare the soil for garlic or overwintering bulbs, or simply give thanks to the earth for a wonderful summer.