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 two buckets of veggie scraps a week from Milly's pizza in Hancock. I feed much of this to our chickens, who poop a lot. Their super-charged poop and used chicken litter 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, 3 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.