Grown in Marin
University of California
Grown in Marin

On-Farm Composting - 6/10/04

Composting on-farm reduces the need for bringing in outside inputs for crop farmers, and adds another income stream and efficiency to animal agriculture operations. This workshop will cover feedstock selection, pile and windrow building, aging, organic certification requirements and fertility analysis. Join us at the McEvoy Ranch compost operation with Jeff Creque to find out how to manage on-farm composting.

Speakers:

Jeff Creque, rangeland and soil fertility expert

Kevin Lunny, who has begun an experimental project for composting dairy waste on the LaFranchi Dairy

Anita Sauber, who runs the Marin Organic Certified Agriculture Program for the Agricultural Commissioner's Office.

Resources:

Complete resource site:
http://www.attra.org/attra-pub/farmcompost.html
http://vric.ucdavis.edu/selectnewtopic.compost.htm

Compost Info
http://vric.ucdavis.edu/veginfo/topics/compost/makingcompost.pdf

Disease Control
http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/compost/disease.txt

Erosion Control
http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/compost/erosion.pdf

Operator's Fact Sheet
http://compost.css.cornell.edu/Factsheets/FactsheetTOC.html

On-Farm Composting Handbook
http://www.nraes.org/publications/nraes54.html

Rapid Composting
http://vric.ucdavis.edu/veginfo/topics/compost/rapidcompost.pdf

Composting Manure Nebraska Study
http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/compost/analysis.txt

Sources of Worms and Equipment:

  • The Worm Concern, 1450 Tierra Rejada, Simi Valley, CA 93065, Jay Escover, (805) 496-2872
  • Resource Conversion Corporation, 7825 Fay Ave. Suite 380, Suite 380, La Jolla, CA 92037, Joseph Roberts, (618) 551-4800

Case Study: Agricultural Composting, New York
http://compost.css.cornell.edu/feas.study.html#cost

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