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Eastern Shore Food Lab

Compost Infrastructure

There are many ways to work with life processes to compost. While we offer these examples for inspiration, let your intuition guide you as you reconnect with the beauty of terrestrial life. 

 

Three-Tiered Bin

Tucked behind a shed, this backyard compost bin is constructed with salvaged materials. Plywood lids keep rain out, and hardware cloth prevents rodents from entering. Tucked behind a shed, this backyard compost bin is constructed with salvaged materials. Plywood lids keep rain out, and hardware cloth prevents rodents from entering.

Wandering Pile

A wandering compost pile gets covered with a tarp. "Walk" it around the yard with periodic turnings.A wandering compost pile gets covered with a tarp. "Walk" it around the yard with periodic turnings.

Lasagna Gardening

Use layers of cardboard and organic scraps to build soil rapidly. At the campus garden, students are now growing food in vegetable beds created on top of a parking lot with this method.

Backyard Tumbler

Chestertown environmental advocate Jon Hanley demonstrates a home tumbler system in this short video (1:19).