THE FOREST MODEL
The forest model of composting has been proven over millions of years. As trees and plants drop leaves, stems, flower buds, small twigs, and branches onto the forest floor this organic material slowly breaks down. Overtime this model creates a nutrient rich, high quality organic layer that covers our forests’ floor. This organic layer is nature’s compost!
Composts can vary greatly in quality depending on what goes into them and how they are processed. Producing high quality compost takes time, just like the forest floor model.
OUR STATIC PILE COMPOST
Static pile composting is our preferred method. Similar to the forest model of composting it is a slower process. Over a period of 6-12 months organic matter is turned multiple times and recycled into a valuable product that enriches our earth. This slow-cook method processes organic matter at a healthy temperature and allows microbes and tiny living organisms to thrive. The end result? An awesome, high quality compost! When you buy compost from Organics “By Gosh” all those microbes continue working to transform and enhance your yard and garden.
Static pile composting also uses less energy and water than other methods, allowing us to maximize our positive impact on the planet.
THE BENEFITS OF COMPOST
When processed overtime, compost reaches maturity. Mature, quality compost has a high water retention rate and nutrient content. It improves soil fertility, minimizes erosion, and is highly resistant to compaction. Quality compost contains and promotes the growth of beneficial micro & macro-organisms, while suppressing the growth of many weed species.
Compost acts to minimize and control soil erosion. Compared to conventional topsoil, compost has a greater absorption rate. Soil amended with compost absorbs water and protects the topsoil from washing away during a rain event, reducing the likelihood of erosion. Compost also traps storm water pollutants, binds heavy metals, and decomposes harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
Soil has been described as the skin of the earth. One teaspoon of soil contains more living organisms than there are people on our planet. Soil is the foundation for all life on earth. Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” Without soil, civilization cannot exist.
Compost protects and enriches our soils. As the microorganisms break down organic material, they replace the nutrient content consumed during plant growth, replenish the humus, and enable the soil to retain moisture and remain fertile. At Organics “By Gosh” our mission is help communities understand how critical healthy soil is for our future. We aim to change the way people think about the ground they walk on, building a legacy of environmental stewardship for future generations.
POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Compost utilizes oxygen to quickly decompose food resource. In the landfill, food waste decomposes much more slowly and produces 34% of all methane gas. Methane gas is 21 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide. Our solution to this toxic problem is to convert food resource into compost and reduce the amount of methane gas pollution by a third!
When food resource sits in the landfill it not only releases methane gas into the air, but it also results in leachate. Leachate is liquid that drains and “leaches” from the landfill. In a landfill organic matter is mixed with non-organic chemicals. This mixture can seep into our soil, polluting our ground water and waterways. Composting our food resources reduces the impact that this toxic liquid has on our environment.
In the United States 30-40% of our food supply becomes food waste. When this food goes to waste, we have to spend money to discard it. We spend an estimated $165 billion dollars a year disposing of excess food. Discarding this waste in the landfill is inefficient, ineffective, and toxic for our environment. In comparison, converting our food waste through composting can enrich our soil, deepen our pocketbooks, and support future generations with healthy plants and crops.
Organics “By Gosh” believes that Zero Waste is the future. We function from a triple bottom line, adding value to our environment, our economy, and our society as a whole. Zero waste is a critical step towards a sustainable world that works for both our people and our planet.