North Carolina, sent us the following email on December
"At the end of November, we had about 400 people
visit the barn as part of the annual benefit barn tour
for our local equestrian and nature center. The main attraction
was the composting manure system! The reaction was universal:
'It makes so much sense!' Many people pay to have their
horses' manure hauled away and then pay again to have
compost brought back. That makes no sense to me. With
this technology, all of our objectives are being met.
Even the 'learning curve' is fun, interesting and relatively
easy with the technical support of the company. A bonus
is the excellent fly and odor control derived from this
system. Because of budget constraints that surfaced as
the barn was nearing completion, we thought about cutting
out the composting bins. Working wtih the team at O2Compost,
we found ways to simplify the design and reduce the cost.
Now, I can't imagine Barn Life without the system. We
LOVE it!" Click
here for more info on this system.
his wife Lois own and operate Sonoma Valley Worm Farm
in Sonoma, California. Jack has spent a tremendous amount
of time and energy developing a truly superior worm casting
product for use in the vineyards of Northern California.
Because of his efforts, Jack has become a leader, and
popular speaker in the vermi-compost industry. By incorporating
1-cup of castings into the soil when planting new grape
vines, vine loss during the first year has dropped from
25% to less than 2% and the growth response puts these
vines into production a year in advance of non-treated
vines. Jack also uses his castings to brew compost tea,
used both as a root drench and as a foliar spray to successfully
combat powdery mildew. Following construction of my prototype
aerated compost bin system in 2001, Jack was my first
O2Compost Training Program client. He has also become
a very good friend.
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Robert Garofalo and his wife Teri
have two horses on their small farm in upstate New York.
Robert completed the O2Compost Training Program in 2005
and has been selling screened compost in bags to a local
landscaper who raves about his product. Because Robert
sold one business and started another during this time,
he has little time to spend on manure management and
therefore chore efficiency is a critical part of his
daily routine. Without a doubt, Robert is one of my
most enthusiastic clients – and now a good friend.
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with the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
a non-profit farm, educational center and restaurant in
Westchester County, New York. It was created on 80 acres
formerly belonging to the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico
Hills by David Rockefeller and his daughter, Peggy Dulany.
It is dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture,
local food, and community-supported agriculture. Gregg’s
responsibility is to manage the farms compost system to
process manure, landscaping debris and food waste from
the Blue Hill Restaurant. O2Compost provided assistance
to Stone Barn Center to develop an aerated compost system
to process poultry offal, with an emphasis on efficient
operations and odor management.
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Fort Lewis – Tacoma,
Washington. In 2006, O2Compost completed an extensive
pilot demonstration project in support of the U.S. Army’s
goal of zero discharge from military bases. The objective
of this project was to evaluate the compost ability of
a wide range of organic waste materials, from municipal
green waste and food waste materials to horse manure,
biosolids and petroleum contaminated soils. This project
included extensive training of operations personnel, on-call
technical services, and presentations to staff. It has
received awards for achieving recycling goals at Fort
Lewis and is now considered a best management practice,
soon to be implemented at other bases around the country.
We invite you to read a Letter
of Recommendation pertaining to the successful outcome
of this project.