The efforts to get the passive aeration system going have become a success! The piles have now been assembled and running for just under a month. The composting process has almost finished which means the most exciting part of our project is coming up: the analysis of the results from the soil lab. This week, we collected samples from each pile to be sent to a soil lab that will test for C:N Ratio, Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium, and more. We are hoping that our aeration system will decrease the amount of man power needed to care for the compost. We are also hoping to reach our goal of continuing the use of horse manure to (hopefully) boost the nutrient content of the manure higher than our traditional methods. With that in mind, here are the pictures of the building of the aeration piping systems as well as the piles themselves (the picture are in a PowerPoint presentation – the link is included below). We’ll be sure to post a follow up on our soil lab results to let you know how it went – fingers crossed!
Passive Pile Power