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Family vacation, fishing, hunting, golf, swimming, s’mores at sunset, whatever your vacation dream may be, you will find Birch Bay Resort in Grand Rapids, Minnesota the perfect retreat for your family.  A lakeside resort that features something for everyone, 6 charming cabins, 1 premium suite and a large log cottage, swimming beach, WIFI available, fully furnished kitchens, boat docks, fishing, hunting, nature walks, local shopping, all on beautiful Wabana Lake nestled in the Chippewa National Forest.

Located on the largely undeveloped Wabana Lake, Birch Bay Resort offers anglers, vacationers, and nature lovers the opportunity to enjoy life in pristine surroundings.  Variety of fish to be caught, crystal clear water, and abundant wildlife are the trademarks of a vacation week at Birch Bay!

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Birch Bay Resort has been in existence for over 70 years, and has been owned and operated by the Hemmingson family since 1979. The resort evokes the memory of a simpler time yet offers modern conveniences such as a concrete boat landing, live wells for each cabin, boat & motor rentals, as well as the sale of gas and oil. If you forget something, chances are our little country store has what you need. Please take some time to explore our website including our gallery and then contact us about a stay at Birch Bay Resort. We look forward to hosting your next vacation.

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…LOCAL RESORT IMPLEMENTS UNIQUE FERTILIZER TECHNIQUE
By Kassandra Tuten Herald-Review Oct 14, 2018 Updated Oct 14, 2018

Birch Bay Resort uses fish ‘guts’ to create liquid organic fertilizer
Jeff and Lorrie Yeschick, owners of Birch Bay Resort on Wabana Lake in Grand Rapids, have recently
implemented a method for creating liquid organic fertilizer, which simultaneously cuts waste and gives
back to the earth.
“Most resorts take the fish carcasses from their guests’ fish cleaning and either bury them in the ground,
or they end up in the landfill,” explained Lorrie, but not Birch Bay Resort.
Over the last few years, the Yeschick’s have been in the stages of developing and implementing a
method that, during the summer, creates a high-quality fish hydrolysate (or concentrate) that can then
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be used for fertilizer.
“My husband spent hours researching this topic,” said Lorrie. “We were spending a ton of money each
year disposing of the fish ‘guts’ and knew there had to be a better way.”
“We built an area on our property where the fish are finely ground and then left to anaerobically
dissolve for the summer through a series of large food grade totes, ending up with the hydrolysate,”
Lorrie explained.
The process she said, keeps “hundreds and hundreds of pounds of fish from going to waste” annually. It’s
also “an awesome product for promoting plant growth” according to Lorrie.
“It’s high in nutrients for growing plants, can be naturally produced, and is an excellent food for
microbes,” she explained, adding that “fungi love this stuff.” She also said this brings back the depleted
soil health.
There are two types of fish fertilizer produced, one being fish emulsion fertilizer, and the other, which is
made at Birch Bay, is fish hydrolysate.
Fish emulsion fertilizer is produced in a variety of different ways depending on who is making it, yet it
typically goes through two stages of processing. The first stage breaks down the fish parts using
enzymes, proteases, or chemicals. Then, heat is used to break it down further and allow oils and amino
acids to be more easily removed. According to research conducted online by the Yeschick’s, it is this
second stage of processing that makes fish emulsion less advantageous than fish hydrolysate.
“Fish emulsion fertilizer lacks many oils and proteins that fish hydrolysate fertilizer has in abundance,”
explained Lorrie.
The process of creating fish hydrolysate fertilizer typically starts out the same way as fish emulsion. It
gets broken down using proteases, or chemicals, although Birch Bay does not use chemicals, and instead
uses lactobacillus.
“Fish hydrolysate doesn’t undergo the heating and skimming process that you get with the fish
emulsion,” Lorrie explained. “This method of making fish fertilizer is superior because it is a cold process,
chemical-free, completely organic way to make fish fertilizer.”
The end product is highly concentrated and needs to be diluted a minimum of three to one.
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While fish emulsion lacks beneficial ingredients vital to the final product, fish hydrolysate preserves all
of those active ingredients.
“You don’t want to miss out on those oils that microbes love,” she added.
The Yeschick’s have currently produced about 1,000 gallons of concentrate and have been using the
fertilizer around the resort since they began the process nearly five years ago. Since that time, Lorrie
said they have noticed their gardens and grass flourish. Over the last five years, Jeff has also augmented
his process and timing, greatly reducing the odor of the final product.
“Our customers and neighbors have noticed the dramatic difference in our lawns,” said Lorrie, who said
the pair would like to look into selling their product as well.
“It’s nice to re-use a resource,” said Lorrie. “We don’t need everything we produce and want to share
with the public. We have approximately 200 gallons left this year.”
The finished product, she said, is ready in the fall.
For those interested in purchasing the fertilizer, or to learn more about the process, call 218-326-2370
or email vacation@birchbayresort.us
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Great article!

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Wow! Way to Yeschicks

2 days ago   ·  1

That's amazing you guys!!

2 days ago   ·  1

Fun facts, way to go neighbors!

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Who knew you two are scientists? 🤣 WTG Lorrie

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Been glad to help out with your invention by furnishing some guts!!🐠🐠!!!

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Wow amazing. You should apply to my lawn and see if it brings it back to life.

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My book time in bed starts at around 7 Pm. Lol

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