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Compost Happens…at EHF!

Throughout the years guests have spoken to us with curiosity about the food they see going back into the kitchen after a meal. You might wonder what we do with food waste at the Farm. Here is a summary of how we deal with leftover food.

Left over food that has not been placed on your table is either used for the next meal in a creative and delicious way or packaged and donated to Helping Hand in Troy, our free food pantry. Food, except meat, that has been on the tables is fed to our pigs.

spotted pig

When preparing food for meals, fruit and vegetable scraps are put in the compost bin. Compostable items also include egg shells, coffee grounds, filters, and tea bags. As you can see, we try to recycle our food waste as much as possible.

Kitchen Scraps in Compost Bin

Once the compostable items are in the bright orange buckets in the kitchen, Dennis takes over. It is his job to tend to the compost bins behind the kitchen. Currently we have four active bins.

emptying scraps

The bins are turned daily and when they are ready, the rich soil is used in the flower gardens throughout the property.

Compost Bins 3

Dennis adds new items from the kitchen along with grass clippings, plant trimmings, and sawdust/manure from animal stalls as needed to help cook and break down materials to get the mix just right.

Loading Wheelbarrow

You may see an egg shell or two in the flower beds if you look closely.

Sprouts in Compost

If you are interested in more information on how you can compost at home, take a look at this Compost Flier  produced by the NH Department of Environmental Services.

Do you have a creative way to deal with food waste at your home or business?


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    Great Blog with fantastic information as always.

    • Jennifer on May 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks Bobbi! Let us know if you have ideas for future blog posts.

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