We experiment constantly to uncover the most effective and efficient ways to create nutrient-rich compost for field production.
At our compost yard, long windrows are built from a combination of on-farm wastes—like animal manure and crop residues—and outside materials, like leaves and grass, from local municipalities.
We generate five to 10 thousand pounds per year of finished compost. 90% of that gets used on our farm, and 10% is sold to the public. Looking for premium compost to use at home? Stop by the Garden Store today.
What we’re measuring
In the compost yard:
- Percent reduction in volume of piles
- Time to finish
- Nutrient analysis of finished material
In the lab:
- Moisture analysis
- Water infiltration
- Amendment rate analysis (how much finished compost needs to be used for maximum benefit?)
- Weed germination assays
Current focuses of research include analyzing the presence of heavy metals in compost, nutrient variability in windrow composting, and management strategies for swine manure to control parasites.