Real Food Farm accepts compostable materials for on-site composting and also sells finished compost from Chesapeake Compost Works. Scroll down for more information!
Dropping off compostable material:
Real Food Farm wants your scraps! Please read on for details of what we can and can’t compost. Drop off all compost at the compost station next to our third hoop house (see photo on the left). Your veggie scraps help us create a rich finished compost for replenishing our soils. Using compost, instead of applying fertilizers, to enrich our farm’s soil is another step in a sustainable farming system that protects our watershed – and grows delicious fruits and vegetables!
*Our compost drop is available to individuals and households ONLY. (We can only handle so much!) If you are a business interested in delivering compostables, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.*
The drop-off station
The area with the white bins, blue pen, and large covered pile next to the hoophouse. This all forms part of our “bokashi” composting system, which allows us to control odors and reduce “cooking” time through a fermentation process.
We’ve also recently upgraded our system, separating which types of compost go where in order to facilitate fermentation and allow us to create greater quantities of higher-quality compost.
Below you can find which items can and cannot be composted, and where to put each compostable items. Please note – we have a specialized worm bin (the large grey box you’ll notice behind the “Welcome to our compost drop-off” sign. Our worms have a special diet and are fed by our farmers, so please do not feed them your goods!
Put the following in the Blue Pen:
- Fresh leaves, green plants, prunnings, hedge trimmings, grass clippings, old potted soil, straw and hay, dry leaves, and dead plants (Please, no diseased plants!)
- Flower bouquets and dried flowers
- Nut shells and corn cobs
- Wood ash and sawdust
Put the following in the White Barrels:
- Fruit and vegetable scraps
- Coffee grounds, tea bags, and dry grains
- Egg shells (please, no eggs!)
- Brewery waste (hops and wet grain)
Do NOT attempt to compost the following:
- Meat/fish bones or scraps
- Egg whites/yolks, cheese, or any other dairy products
- Fats, oils, and/or grease
- Animal waste
- Invasive weeds (kudzu, etc)
- Weeds with seeds (they do bad deeds!)
- Diseased plants
- Dryer lint
- “Compostable” bags (they aren’t compostable in our system), any kind of plates or utensils
- Q-tips, band-aid wrappers, tissues
- Non-organic materials (plastic, metal, glass, etc.)
When dropping off compost items for the blue pen, make sure all of your items are contained within the pen itself. When dropping off compost items into the white bins, please close the barrel with its lid after you are done putting your items inside. This keeps out nasty pests!
We are always interested in larger sources of organic material and manure. Again, for business and other large-scale drop-offs, please contact email@example.com to discuss first.
We also happily receive drop-offs from Compost Cab, a program with an mind for sustainability that is making easier than ever for anyone and everyone to join in the composting movement. If you are interested in scheduling compost pick-up through Compost Cab, visit their website for more information.
Buying finished compost at Real Food Farm
Introducing Chesapeake Compost!
$40 per cubic yard
$27 per half cubic yard
Compost is available for pick up Tuesdays through Saturdays 9am-3pm by appointment. Call 443-531-8346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule pick-up.
Please park in the front parking lot by our front high tunnels, then walk onto the farm to locate a farmer who will then direct you where to take your vehicle for loading. If you have trouble finding a farmer (but trust us…we’re probably around!) call 443-531-8346 and let us know you’ve arrived.
*We load by tractor, so we can only accommodate vehicles with open beds for easy loading. *
About the Product
Chesapeake Compost Works combines a variety of materials together to create a living soil that your plants will thrive in. Laboratory analysis of the product is available here. Chesapeake Compost is CCW’s original 100% multi-purpose compost, made from recycled brush, garden trimmings, and food scraps. If you’re interested in Chesapeake TopSoil, or Chesapeake Garden Mix, let us know! We may carry it in the future.