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Compost farming in high demand amid drought

Published Apr 8




Compost farming in high demand amid drought

DIXON, Calif. – Years of drought may be making compost more popular than ever.

The day after Tuesday’s storm, farmer Nigel Walker checked his crops. He and his wife grow everything from garlic to strawberries, peppers and cherries on their organic farm, Eatwell Farm, in Dixon.

He also checks his soil on a regular basis.

Nice, crumbly soil, he remarked scooping up a pile of dark, finely ground mulch-looking soil. What we want is what some people describe as black cottage cheese.

Walker’s farm got about an inch of rain, but there were no puddles in the soil, and no run-off. He pointed to a pile of compost sitting on his land as part of the reason why.


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