We will begin to accept compost materials at a new three-bin collection site located at Gathering Ground. Stay tuned for more information in the spring. While we need a tractor to adequately manage a compost program of some size, we will keep the bins small for the first year which will allow it to function with a little muscle alone. A tractor is needed to turn compost, which helps speed up the decomposition process by allowing oxygen to infiltrate more easily and exposing unprocessed material to the center of the pile where there is adequate moisture of microbes to munch away.
Gathering Ground believes that the Island will benefit greatly from a compost program, especially when you consider that we ship off food scraps at our expense when, with just a little effort, we can save ourselves that expense and make tremendous soil for our gardens in the process. Win win!