19 May Composting at Irregardless and the Well Fed Garden
Irregardless’ kitchen and the Well Fed Community Garden are naturally linked together. In order for the Garden to produce nutritious organic produce for the Cafe’ and Catering kitchen, the soil needs to be nourished. Irregardless’ kitchen’s vegetable ‘wastes’ have been nourishing the Garden’s soil by creating ‘magical’ compost – building health soils.
Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming. Since September of 2012, organic matter – that is all the cutting discards from vegetables, like the broccoli stems and onion peels, are gathered each day and saved in buckets. Jenn and Sarah, the Well Fed Community Garden’s manager and intern, take turns picking up these buckets every day to add to the compost pile at the garden at 1321 Athens Drive.
Compost is organic matter that has decomposed and is recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment.
At the simplest level, the process of composting simply requires making a heap of wetted organic matter like food waste and leaves and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of several months.
To aid in this ‘transformation’, oxygen is needed. For this reason, the ‘compost’ pile is usually 3 or 4 sections, and periodically the pile is manually turned over to the next bin, with a pitch fork. Fortunately, the enthusiastic volunteers from NC State’s Eco Village are helping with this important step in creating the best organic fertilizer ever!.
And see how our veegetables grow in compost rich soil. All life is interdependent! Hallelujah!!