Who knew making dirt could be so much fun? I am a big fan of making compost. I try a lot harder than most people. Sure, I could dump food waste in a pile and hope for the best. That's slow. Instead, I take a very active approach that involves several piles, multiple sources, and constant vigilance. Compost management is serious business.
I get the majority of my "green" compost in the form of used coffee grounds from K.C. Bonker's in Hancock. They generously give me two litter buckets of compost a week for free. The alternative, which made me sad, was the grounds were thrown in the trash. We're talking 50+ lbs. a week! I also pick up 2-3 buckets of veggie scraps a week from Milly's pizza in Hancock. I feed some of this to our chickens, who poop a lot. Their super-charged poop, used chicken litter, and remaining compost are the nitrogen and carbon I need to blend with the coffee grounds. Add it all together, turn it around every week or two, and voila, three months later I've got healthy loam to dump in the garden. It's quite magical and gives me a lot more excuses to handle worms than a normal lifestyle. Plus, I'm keeping thousands of pounds of food waste out of the landfill where it does nobody any good. Gimme that rotten produce!