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Market For Organic Compost Grows
William Hale makes organic compost for use on his own farm and also sells it under the farm name All-Farm Organics. He says the business started small, but has grown over the past dozen years with sales by the bag and in bulk.
  “I started making compost with chicken litter and waste hay bales, using a tub grinder and a mixer,” says Hale. “Eventually, I needed a windrow turner and got one for a good price before demand took off and they got expensive.”
  As demand for his compost grew, he added new sources. He gets wood chips from a planer mill down the road from his farm. A local tofu plant ferments soybeans and has a soy byproduct. They need wood chips for their own composting process, so Hale trades with them.
  “I get their soy byproduct in palletized tubs,” says Hale. “It is a really good nitrogen source and has more moisture than chicken litter, which helps in the composting process.”
  Hale recommends checking with local food manufacturers, wood processors and others for possible sources. He emphasizes that whatever the source, he checks with his organic certifier to get his okay.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, William Hale, 249 Baker’s Branch Lane, Louisa, Va. 23093 (ph 434 981-6286 or 540 894-5238; wnhale@ntelos.net).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1