Compost pile #2 in Haiti

As many of you already know, I REALLY love composting. It is one of my many passions, and I get to focus on it while my stay in Haiti. I really lucked out on this opportunity thanks to Zach Wright and William Clark <3.

This compost, like the first one, was VERY hot. I tend to get overly excited on high nitrogen, maybe I am secretly pyro? I don’t know. However, I did use less hi-nitrogen compared to the first one. Below is the recipe.

60% Brown; Bagasse, Corn Stalk, and compost as an inoculant, 30% Green; grass clippings, and 10% hi-nitrogen; black bean.

I also had an opportunity to teach new friends how to build aerobic thermal compost pile! In the near future, they will teach others this wonderful science/art form and create a composting facility at a hospital here in Haiti! Yes! Winning!!!

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Why did I choose soil as my profession?

My awareness of the world has been clearer to me than it has ever been before, thanks to a little town called Fairfield, IA. However, before Fairfield I lived in Clute, TX, a town that was full of passionless people that often lived each day to get a paycheck, go home watch T.V., complain about life, eat, sleep, and repeat. (I am aware that I have seen a limited  part of the town, but it was my reality). It felt so empty and I knew I had to flee once I had the chance. In January 2013, I had my first chance to leave home and create a new life for myself. I was very happy, excited, yet very frightened of the thought of failing. However, I still went for the plunge and  made my way to Fairfield.  I had been accepted into a very wonderful school named Maharishi University of Management that inhabited passionate, intelligent, and creative individuals; individuals who were actually are concerned about their lives, where they wanted to go, and how they wanted to impact others in an evolutionary way! And then I eventually met Dr. Elaine Ingham, a renowned soil microbiologist. It changed my life and how I viewed it forever! The love for growing food, plants, herbs, etc also increased.  I gained the knowledge on  how to grow plants efficiently and share the  practical knowledge with anyone who desired to learn.

So, back to why did I choose this to be my profession? I want to help others heal themselves through the soil and create an ability for to grow  food that is rich in nutrients, abundantly.