Composting is an important part of sustainable farming. It's also good for the environment. According to the EPA, ”Food scraps and yard waste together currently make up more than 28 percent of what we throw away and should be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.” Compost enriches the soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests. Compost encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material thus reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.
Composting - In Your Backyard!
Barefoot Farm can design and install a composting system in your backyard based on how many inputs your household can produce. Untreated yard waste* and kitchen scraps are key ingredients. We also provide a guide for you to follow to make composting as simple as possible.
Barefoot Farm also offers maintenance services for backyard composting. Making compost isn't difficult but it does require a bit of knowledge and some manual labor. You have to get the brown/green (C:N) ratio right. And you have to provide aeration which involves regularly "turning" the mixture. We will gladly incorporate composting maintenance services into any of our other maintenance plans (edible garden, chicken keeping, lawn care) for a reduced fee.
*Barefoot Farm's Lawn Care services include the option to collect yard waste to be used for composting and mulching.