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Otter River Black Gold from Smith’s Otter River Farm
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The results from the use of compost are measurable, with benefits that cannot be obtained through the use of chemical fertilizers and supplements.
The use of compost is a practice that goes back to the early days of the Roman Empire and is today recognized as an essential component of organic gardening. Composted cow manure is made from a combination of manure and bedding materials. The compost that is produced is the result of the controlled biological decomposition of this organic material, sanitized through the generation of heat and processed further to reduce pathogens (as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), and stabilized to the point where it is beneficial to plant growth. Compost bears little resemblance to the raw material from which it originates. Compost is an organic matter source that has the unique ability to improve the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of soils or growing media. It contains plant nutrients but is typically not characterized as a fertilizer. Our compost is sampled and tested under the Seal of Testing Assurance Program of the United States Composting Council (USCC). The results are measurable, with benefits that cannot be obtained through the use of chemical fertilizers and supplements.
Compost Has Many Uses
• Landscaping, home gardening, and lawn care • Turf management •
• Commercial agriculture • Storm water management and green building applications •
• Environmental remediation •
A Few of the Verified Benefits of Compost Use Include:
• Improves soil and its porosity, creating a better plant root environment.
• Increases moisture infiltration and permeability, reducing bulk density of heavy soils, and reducing soil erosion and runoff.
• Improves the moisture-holding capacity of light soils, reducing water loss and nutrient leaching while improving moisture retention.
• Improves the cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils.
• Supplies organic matter.
• Aids in the proliferation of soil microbes.
• Supplies beneficial microorganisms to soils and growing media.
• Encourages vigorous root growth.
• Allows plants to more effectively utilize nutrients, while reducing nutrient loss from leaching, enabling soils to retain nutrients longer.
• Contains humus, assisting in soil aggregation and making nutrients more available for plant uptake.
• Buffers soil pH.
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Otter River Black Gold
from Smith’s Otter River Farm
20 Otter River Road
Winchendon, Massachusetts 01475

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