Life and thoughts from a small-scale organic farm . . . and its farmers

This is a blog that explores ideas around the growing of food and community at Glen Valley Organic Farm.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New compost bin, warm weather

I finished building a new compost bin yesterday. This was something I've wanted to do for a while. For the past few years we've been piling organic veggie waste from cleaning and grading produce near our barn. The result has been an increasingly ugly and unmanageable pile of compost. Then, Paige found plan for a three-bin system on Metro Vancouver's website.

This bin allows us to fill one compartment over time. When it's full, we transfer the contents into the second bin and begin filling the first again. When it's full again, the contents of each bin get turned into the next bin again. By the time the waste comes out of the third bin, it is finished compost, ready for use.

Just a note about the Metro Vancouver plans: it's a great system, but the plan material list is short on wire mesh and screws -- you'll double of each to make it work.

And now, as you can see in the photo above, our indicator puddle is almost completely dried out, so that means we can get into the fields and plant, seed, weed and even harvest! Full steam ahead!

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