Adams Land & Cattle (ALCC) is excited to be sharing their nutrient rich and organic compost with local gardeners during their second Adams Compost Days. Custer County residents are encouraged to bring buckets and a shovel and stop by the entrance of the south feedlot on May 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 16 from noon to 3 p.m., May 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and May 23 from noon to 3 p.m.
Manure from cattle at Adams is broken down and turned into a valuable compost product that increases the nutrients and water-holding capacity of soils. The material is turned 3-5 times, which allows the surface area to be exposed to oxygen and the raw materials to quick heat to more than 120 degrees, which the temperature needed to kill any weed seeds. The end product is a nutrient-rich and odorless compost.
“With our continued focus on sustainability and recycling natural resources, the composting process creates a great product for the health of the soil,” said Abram Babcock, president of Adams. “We know that many of our neighbors enjoy planting gardens, and we thought this would be a great way to give back to our community.”
Compost is available on Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, on Sunday, May 16 from noon to 3 p.m., on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sunday, May 23 from noon to 3 p.m., near the entrance of the south feedlot, located 3.5 miles south of Broken Bow on Highway 21. Gardeners will need to bring their own shovels and containers to transport their compost. Please note: These dates may be rescheduled or canceled depending upon weather and availability of compost. Check out the Adams Facebook page for more details.