We compost all our sanctuary duck bedding, and the surface of the pile remains cool enough to host an ASTOUNDING number of redworms, who will leave nutritious castings behind. This compost is gold. Comprised of local hay and organic feed (including home-grown comfrey and smooth bedstraw fed to the ducks). The compost will feed, annual, nursery, and perennial crops here on the farm, adding great carbon sequestering capacity to the soil.
Exploring synergies between sanctuary and food systems that feed humans, wildlife, and those animals in our care— is a big part of our research here at SHO.