Our Discover Local Promotion gives us the opportunity to bite into different parts of our Monadnock Food System, and learn some of the juicy details about each component — from the soil that gives rise to the delectable fruits and vegetables we seek, to the not-so-delectable (but essential) spoiled and discarded food scraps that become compost and are then returned to the soil. This month, we’re starting at the ground, with a Seeds & Soil theme.
First let’s look at compost and its role in enriching our soils. Compost closes the loop in our community’s food system: plants grow from the soil, we consume what the plants yield, we throw scraps into our compost pile and then return the finished compost to the soil.
Hopefully you’re already turning your kitchen scraps into compost and adding it to your garden. If you’re like me, however, your compost bin has a hard time keeping up with your compost needs. There are a few local suppliers of compost to choose from and support. Please be sure to call ahead!
- Ideal Compost, Peterborough
Mike Lombard makes Ideal Compost from horse letter, cow and chicken manure, spoiled grain, grass, straw, silage and leaves. They test their compost after months of “cooking” the materials to make sure the compost has decayed enough and ready for your garden and farm beds. You can purchase their compost in bulk or bagged, and they can deliver to your yard (for an extra fee).
- Stonewall Farm, Keene
Starting the end March or early April, Stonewall Farm will sell their compost, made from the farm’s own animal manure. Compost in bags and in bulk will be sold.
- Tracie’s Community Farm, Fitzwilliam
Bagged Ideal Compost sold at Tracie’s Community Farm‘s farmstand.
- Walpole Valley Farms, Walpole
Bulk compost made from Walpole Valley Farms pasture-raised animals available by the pickup load.
Learn about the second half of our February Discover Local Theme: SEEDS