Ep 141. The Ericksons on Soil Management, Compost Tea, and Farming in New Zealand

Have you ever considered moving your farming operation?

Today we’re taking it across the pond with Steve, Jenny, and Sequoia of Chaos Springs Farm, located in Waihi, New Zealand. Originally located in Utah, Chaos Springs makes compost and soil management tools to help growers take control of their soil fertility. They make it a point to pay close attention to all four realms of soil function: soil biology, minerals, energetics, and the plant-soil relationship. Chaos Springs also grows a selection of fresh organically grown fruits and vegetables. Hear all about what farm life is like on the other side!

In This Episode:

What kicked off their farming journey 1:30

How they prepared for the move 5:08

What different enterprises are involved with the farm 10:36

The goals of their social media marketing 18:04

How they handle compost filtration 31:42

The main benefits of compost tea 38:31

What kind of themes Chaos Springs markets in social media 43:08

About the thought process behind building the composting business 47:05

Where they see the farm headed in the future 50:25

About the Guest:

Jenny & Steve have been farming since 1983. First in Utah, running Ranui Gardens, then in 2001 they purchased a Farm in New Zealand where they farm today.


Sequoia, their daughter runs the social media for the company from Toronto.

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Resources and mentions

Website – https://www.chaossprings.co.nz/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ChaosSprings/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/chaossprings/

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