The creation of compost diverts waste from landfills, reducing methane emissions and recycling organic materials such as food scraps and wood shavings into living soil. Living soil sequesters carbon from the atmosphere down into the ground supporting plant health and life underground.
What is Living Soil? High quality compost has a diversity of healthy microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi where a soil food web cycles nutrients to increase soil and plant health. It’s nature’s way of creating and sustaining life.
Compost supports healthy soil because of the microorganisms that are present. It is this biology that breaks down composts piles to cycle nutrients and support the organisms in the soil food web. Compost has long-term beneficial impacts in comparison to traditional fertilizers because the living organisms grow and sustain themselves over time, reducing the need for inorganic fertilizers. This saves farmers and backyard gardeners money and time.
Carbon Farming in La Plata County
In addition to food waste reduction, agriculture plays a crucial role in mitigating climate change. According to Project Drawdown, regenerative agriculture could result in a total reduction of 14.5-22.3 gigatons of carbon dioxide, from both sequestration and reduced emissions through by 2050 with a net profit gain of $135-206. Compost is a critical part of this strategy because it increases carbon-rich, living organic matter in soil.
Table to Farm Compost is using the Soil Food Web microscopy protocols to increase the beneficial microorganisms in compost to maximize its impact on soil health. We are working to increase the beneficial fungi in our compost because these organisms have a higher capacity to sequester carbon in their hyphae as they work in symbiosis with plant roots.
We look at our compost samples under the miscroscope to see what beneficial organisms can assist plants to grow and be as healthy as possible.
Thanks to our certification with the Soil Food Web, we have the skills to identify the beneficial bacteria and fungi in our compost in order to maximize soil health and increase carbon sequestration.
We have a variety of compost and artisan soil products that promote growth. We can also analyze soil samples to make recommendations specifically geared towards increasing soil health.
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- Improves the soil structure, porosity, and density, thus creating a better plant root environment.
- Increases infiltration and permeability of heavy soils, thus reducing erosion and runoff.
- Improves water holding capacity, thus reducing water loss and leaching in sandy soils.
- Supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients.
- May control or suppress certain soil-borne plant pathogens.
- Supplies significant quantities of organic matter.
- Improves cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils and growing media, thus improving their ability to hold nutrients for plant use.
- Supplies beneficial microorganisms to soils and growing media.
- Improves and stabilizes soil pH.
- Can bind and degrade specific pollutants.