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Related ATTRA publication: How to Add Compost on Your Small Farm A study published in Urban Agriculture & Regional Food Systems Journal by Purdue University researchers found that leaf-mold compost can have particular benefits for degraded urban soil. The high-quality leaf-mold compost takes longer to develop than stirred compost, but researchers found that leaf mold compost promoted colonization by beneficial fungi and contributed disease suppression. Tomatoes grown in this study produced more and had less disease in soil amended with leaf-mold compost. Researchers suggest that these study results support the diversion of more urban leaf waste for compost production....

Related ATTRA podcast: Using Cover Crops in an Organic Walnut Orchard University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources published a feature on California almond farmer Rob Schuh, who with his son-in-law Andrew Carroll is practicing regenerative farming on 210 acres of almond orchards in Chowchilla, California. Schuh began incorporating compost in 2015 and cover cropping in 2016, while also reducing inputs of synthetic fertilizer and chemical pesticides. These practices were part of an ecosystem approach that produced significant economic benefits and also helped Schuh rekindle his interest in farming. A 16-species cover-crop mix helps the soil hold water and reduces irrigation...

Related ATTRA Publication: How to Add Compost on Your Small Farm The Federal-State On-Farm Compost Work Group launched an On-Farm Compost Resource Website that provides information and tools to help farmers and ranchers compost agricultural byproducts, including manure, while maintaining compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. The website is hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and was developed as part of a larger collaborative working group that was co-led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service, and California Environmental Protection Agency as well as eleven additional state and regional regulatory bodies....

Héctor y Norma López son los propietarios y productores de Tierra Sana Farm en Bonsall, California, en el condado de San Diego. En este video, Héctor y Norma demuestran el proceso de transformar un viejo huerto de aguacates a un sistema productivo, diversificado, y certificado orgánico. Ellos hablan de su plan de diseño de diversificación, las formas en que están regando y fertilizando de manera sostenible, y la filosofía que los alimenta. Hector and Norma Lopez are the owners and operators of Tierra Sana Farm in Bonsall, California, in Eastern San Diego county. In this video, Hector and Norma discuss...

Damian Valdez y Jamie Williamson tienen una granja orgánica de hierbas medicinales, té, plantas nativas, y plantas para hacer tintes en el contado de San Diego. La granja esta ubicada en lo que se considera la tierra indigena del pueblo de los Luiseño. Operando desde una ética de "no dejar rastro", Jamie y Damian hablan sobre cómo cultivar orgánicamente en el clima desértico de San Diego, en una manera que honra esta tierra nativa sagrada y que garantiza que se mantenga intacta para las generaciones que vienen. Para Jamie y Damian, la ética de cultivar "sin dejar rastro" significa cultivar...

I love talking with people who are passionate about what they do. That energy and excitement is always so inspiring, and that was definitely the case recently when I talked with Matt Casteel, owner of Wurmworks, a composting business in Jackson, Mississippi. He works in partnership with local organizations to transform food waste into a resource for local farmers. Matt makes worm compost, thermophilic compost, compost extract, and compost tea. 
By Nina Prater, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist ...

Not all superheroes wear capes, and that includes worms. In this episode of Voices from the Field, Nina Prater, sustainable agriculture specialist in the NCAT Southeast office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, talks with Matt Casteel, owner of Wurmworks, a composting business in Jackson, Mississippi. The two take a closer look at worms as composting superheroes. Casteel explains how to identify “good” compost, the ins-and-outs of worm composting, why compost is so good for soil health, and how composting can put food waste to good use. ATTRA Resources: Worms for Bait or Waste Processing Vermicomposting: The Basics Managing Soils for Water: How Five Principles of Soil Health...