“Compost is an essential component of any sustainable agriculture operation; without the addition of nutrients and organic matter lost from harvest, agricultural systems would soon be unable to support crop life. I encourage you, as you read on, to keep in mind the ecology and cyclical tendencies of the entire farm (and how compost fits into this larger system). Decomposition is a (mostly) silent process with uncanny influence over future growth. When thinking about how to best invest energy in future program, looking for ways to support the existing ecological structures is an excellent start.”
Are you interested in experimenting with composting but don’t know where to start? Check out this wonderful handbook written by student farmer Raelani Kesler for the UW Farm and learn the basics of compost science!