Protecting Our Environment
Earth Farms Organics cares about the environment and we have a vested interested in a sustainable product.
Why Composting Is a Sustainable Practice
The largest contributor to landfills in this country is food waste, weighing in at 34 million tons in 2009, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. This is a problem. Food waste disposed in landfills is prone to anaerobic decomposition, which produces methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas 21 times more harmful to the ozone than carbon dioxide and a key contributor to global warming. And once in a landfill, the food waste becomes just that, waste. It is never re-used by the environment.
Composting addresses both of these problems. At Earth Farms Organics, our process promotes air-flow and allows for our organic matter to decompose without creating methane. Composting also recycles organic material into a product that can be used to promote healthy plants.
How Using Compost is a Sustainable Practice
Fertilizers and herbicides used in our gardens can get into our water supply as well as our food. Compost is a more natural solution that can help plant care be more sustainable.
Our process heats the compost above 131 degrees Fahrenheit for months, killing weed seeds and reducing the need for herbicides. The compost we produce improves soil structure and releases nutrients over time, making healthier more resilient plants.
Compost also acts like a sponge, helping to conserve water in a drought-prone Charlotte area. It keeps water closer to the plants instead of letting it run off, reducing the need for watering.
And if you do choose to use herbicides or pesticides, compost will help keep it from running off by keeping the soil in place.
How Earth Farms Specifically is being Sustainable
In a word: We’re local. Earth Farms Organics gets its materials, makes its compost and sells its final product in the Charlotte area. Choosing us means your compost travels fewer miles, keeping the use of fossil fuels in transportation to a minimum and saving the environment from harmful emissions. While you might hear more about the local movement when it comes to food, it’s equally important to know the source of everything else you buy.