If you pick up your farm share on Tuesdays, you may have seen Dan Friend tending a compost bin near the Children’s Garden. Dan has set up this demonstration to encourage members to compost at home.

Composting at home reduces the amount of waste that you’re contributing to our landfills, and it’s a simple way to enrich your home garden soil.

By following a few guidelines, it’s easy to produce nutrient-rich compost:

  • Maintain the correct balance of green (nitrogen-rich) materials to brown (carbon-rich) materials. A good rule of thumb is to add two parts of brown material to one part of green material.
  • Provide enough air. To introduce air to the compost pile, it should be aerated or mixed every few days.
  • Ensure the right amount of moisture. Water should be added to the compost pile if it is too dry. The compost material should be moist, but not wet.

Check out the compost bin at the farm, and talk to Dan. If you don’t catch him at the farm, you’re welcome to call or text him at 508-857-8749.