77
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      Sunday
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      The benefits of composting

      If there is one person who appreciates the process of composting, it's a farmer.

      Rowan Bunce co-owns Rock River Farm in Chatham, which houses two acres of vegetables.

      Bunce cultivates all of the produce with compost made at the farm.

      "Composting is a mixture of organic materials that, when put together and mixed, will start to break down through an aerobic process," explained Bunce. "Microbes, bugs, small life basically [will] break the organic material down into a more usable form."

      At Rock River Farm, Bunce uses wood chips to cover and insulate fish offal, or fish guts, which will attract all kinds of bugs and microbes.

      "With composting, you're creating an environment that allows you to get the most amount of nutrients out of your waste products to be used again in a farm or a garden," Bunce said.

      The process of composting is easier for those living at home.

      "If you've got a small bin next to your sink, whenever you are done peeling an onion or a cucumber...toss that stuff into a little bin, take it out back, put it in your compost pile, mix it in real well and you've got yourself a nice little nutrients exchange throughout the season," Bunce said.

      While farms like Rock River use meat in their compost, it is not advised to do that at home. It may be a better idea to stick with vegetables as meat tends to attract animals.