Our Composting Process

Composting, which is the natural process of decomposing organic materials, is assisted by the incorporation of natural micro-organisms under controlled conditions. It involves the consumption of oxygen and H2O by the micro-organisms as they feed on the organic decaying matter. There are two approaches to composting, active and passive.

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Farmyard Organics uses an active composting process, which causes the production of aerobic bacteria and is therefore more effective. Active composting takes place in almost ideal conditions, allowing the aerobic bacteria to thrive.

This not only causes the organic material to be broken down at a much faster rate but also results in a decrease in the production of pathogens, odour and harmful greenhouse gases.

Active composting also generates large amounts of heat, water and carbon dioxide, which are harmlessly released into the atmosphere throughout the duration of the process.

All of Farmyard Organics raw materials are of an organic origin. Some of the materials contain carbon in the form of cellulose which is used by the bacteria to produce sugars and heat. Other materials contain nitrogen in the form of protein which enables the bacteria to thrive.

We use ingredients such as Pine bark, sawdust and woodchips as a source of carbon and green plant material, kraal manure and chicken litter, all which contain an abundant supply of nitrogen.