How Your Food Scraps Can Help the Earth

Thanks for tuning in to Caromont Farm's Make a Difference Mondays! This is the first post of a multi-week series where we will discuss composting and how to take the first step for at home food waste management.

Sometimes the first step is the hardest one to take but when it comes to composting, taking the first step can be really easy and since it helps the Earth, it makes you feel good! It's up to you what kind of system you would like to implement, whether it’s a simple and small container that you store food waste in and deposit in a specific location outside or if it’s a large multi-tiered rotating system, it's up to you!

What is composting?

Composting is the natural process in which food scraps and organic material decompose, which creates ultra-nutrient dense soil that can be used as fertilizer for your garden. Composting is not a new practice but has become much more popular since many of us are making more conscious decisions and focusing on eating more organic produce or homegrown fruits and vegetables.

Benefits of composting

Some benefits of composting are that it reduces the amounts of methane greenhouse gasses and it is a very crucial component for maintaining the nitrogen cycle in the soil. Composting helps cultivate happy and healthy plants, since plants need Nitrogen to grow strong and build protein.

Using compost also reduces the need for artificial fertilizers. The use of artificial fertilizers can leach into the groundwater and pollute the creeks, streams, and rivers resulting in unhealthy fish and animals that are unsafe to consume due to the added artificial chemicals.

Cultivating Healthy Soil

Composting is a wonderful way to give back to the Earth and help us farmers grow more nutritious, healthy, abundant, and delicious plants, herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Composting is also a very valuable component in cleansing yucky soil and introducing good micro and macro bacteria so that it can come alive and produce healthy organisms.

So now we have covered some basic benefits of composting, next week we will be discussing what kind of container to use, where to put it in your home, what to compost and what not to compost, and how to start a compost pile at home.

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