Calling All Compost
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!
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.
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
- “Compostable” bags (they aren’t), any kind of plates or utensils
- 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. For business and other larger-scale drop-offs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.