Adams Land and Cattle (ALCC) has announced the dates for their third annual Adams Compost Days, where they share their nutrient-rich and organic compost with local gardeners.
Custer County residents are encouraged to bring buckets and a shovel to their loadout facility just north of the South Lot entrance on Highway 21 outside of Broken Bow. Compost will be given out Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Sunday, May 15 from noon to 3:00 pm, and Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
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 material to quickly heat over 120 degrees, which is the temperature needed to kill any weed seeds. The end product is nutrient-rich and odor-less 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 Dr. 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.”