Composting

What had started as a means to handle the tomato peels and cabbage trimmings,
(coming out of the Hirzel Canning facilities), has grown into a large part of our operation. The “Hirzel Farms Organic Composting Facility” is very well maintained, fully licensed, and EPA registered Class II, operation. We provide residence, business, and municipalities in Wood, and surrounding counties in NW Ohio, with a viable alternative to the disposal of food waste, manures, and yard waste.
In 2010 our facility had diverted over 35 million pounds of organic compostable material waste from our area landfills. These sources included:
• Curbside compostable waste (Village of Luckey, Ohio) 160,000 lbs.
• Industrial food waste 20 million lbs.
• Municipal Yard waste (brush/leaves) 3.9 million lbs.
• Animal waste (horse and dairy cow bedding) 5.6 million lbs.

The results of this effort produced over 7.3 million pounds of high quality compost. This compost is used primarily as a soil amendment for our organic farm ground, Also, a small percentage is sold to local nurseries, landscapers, and farm markets. The practice of incorporating compost into the soil is not only good for the environment, but by using natural compost amendments in our soils, we may also be able reduce the overall use of synthetic fertilizers, which some are in part fossil fuel derivatives.
We are proud of our continual efforts towards environmental stewardship, and playing a role in the reduction of “compostable waste” entering our landfills.
To learn more about our composting facility, or where you can purchase our compost locally, please contact our compost facility manager James Voland, (419) 467.4569.