Composting is a biological process: microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) convert raw organic waste like manure into stable, nutrient-rich organic matter. In large numbers, these microorganisms produce enough metabolic heat to increase temperatures inside the compost pile and kill weed seeds and pathogenic bacteria and viruses. The basic requirements for composting are: Organic waste materials (manure, grass clippings, sawdust, food waste, etc.) A dedicated area Careful management The more »
Learn more about composting with a guide developed specifically for Western Washington.
In the horse industry, we often think of manure and stall bedding as a waste product that must be disposed of. Out of sight out of mind, so to speak. We may not realize that the manure pile behind the barn is polluting the stream or contaminating our well water. The truth is, manure and bedding both have a useful “after-life” that plays an more »