#267: How to Make Your Own Compost at Home with Composting Tips from Veteran Compostís Justen Garrity
In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show
In this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show,compost expert, Justen Garrity of Veteran Compost, joins Mike to share his professional tips on how to make the best compost possible right at home. Justen shares with us his journey from 10 year Army veteran to successful compost entrepreneur, how he delivers tonage of compost to small and large gardeners in his area and the hurdles he faced in getting started.
From there, Justen, gives us his best tips to make sure you are making good, qaulity compost at home, how to avoid that "compost smell" that a lot us gardeners get, and obtaining the right balance of what goes in to your compost pile.
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About this week's guest on the Vegetable Gardening Show, Justen Garrity
Veteran Compost is about two things:
1. Employing veterans and their family members
2. Turning food scraps into high-quality compost
Our goal is to fuel our growth with people and material that others pass over.
Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans have an unemployment rate that exceeds the national average. That means that a combat vet has a harder time getting a job than the average person.
Two thirds of the material that gets thrown away in the United States every year is compostable.
So, there's plenty of people and material to fuel our growth.
We have a 30-acre farm in Aberdeen, MD. We're right on the edge of suburban sprawl, but still work the land and compost.
The farmhouse dates to the 1870s and is surrounded by an assortment of outbuildings. The crown jewel is our vermicomposting operation in our barn. It is the only commercial worm composting operation in Maryland. More than a million worms are working around the clock to create great compost.
The fields around the buildings are home to our aerated compost piles. Nothing beats the sight of the steam rising off the piles at dawn. It's a beautiful thing.
Our Products and Services
We work hard everyday to provide excellent collection services and compost products. We want to set the standard for high quality compost and customer service. No one composts harder than we do!
We are proud to be composting in Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia and look forward to growing our business, hiring more veterans, and saving the planet.