Farm Aid 2016

Compost the Food – This Is Helpful

You will either compost the food and return it to the soil, or till the remaining crops back into the field where it will be helpful in growing the next crop.

The best option (other than reducing the volume of surplus food generated) is to feed hungry people. Society of St. Andrew takes leftover crops to food pantries at no cost to the agencies, and provides enough food to serve 90 million hungry Americans each year.

Fact: Composting is the fifth tier in the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy. This food is turned into compost that nourishes the soil. Composting these wastes improves the soil to help grow the next generation of crops, and also improves water quality.

Food Recovery Hierarchy