Livestock as Soil Builders
As we saw in the Food Recovery Hierarchy, compost ranks next to last. This does not mean, however, that composting organics is not an important process in producing food. Compost provides us with a chemical free product that can become a pivotal amendment to the soil in which we plant our crops. Once the “waste” food has been consumed, our livestock excrete manure that is high in nitrogen and phosphorus. Both of which are critical in the plant growing process.
In addition to nutrient infusion, the organic make up of the compost absorbs and retains moisture in a more efficient manner than without compost. This is especially important in an arid environment like ours. We plan to use this nutrient rich, chemical free, compost in our green house growing operations.