I've put this off long enough. It snowed....... again.:grumble: My work outside is buried. The timing of the Michigan meeting and the need for incentive inspires me, so, here goes...... I have long been an extremist, taking normal activities to their absolute most ridiculous extreme for no other reason than to amuse myself with what can be done by one man if effort is applied...... and, composting is no exception. I had no long-term ambitions when I started my first pile in the late 90s, (after a few years dormancy since my youth) other than to make fertile soil to feed my family. Well, as usual, opportunities have since come knocking and I've turned none of them away. Things got out of hand.... This isn't my first pile, and I didn't build it just with that pitchfork.....but I don't have a picture of my first. Here is a dated pile, taken a month before the power company came to take their poles.... Here is a picture of what was the biggest pile for a couple years. Here's another shot of that pile as it grew. Here are the humble beginnings of the new, main pile, as the latter has been spread on the fields. Here's another pile built from our own stall cleanings. ....and here is an up and coming compost engineer standing on the new, main pile as it grows. The focus of this thread is going to be on sources of material and how one man can make extensive use of what the world throws away. Obviously, if this catches on, such waste material will regain its long lost sense of value, and I say it can't happen soon enough. Between the yard waste, farm waste, kitchen/restaurant waste, sale barns, food processing plants, sawmills, animal shelters, barber shops, stone cutting facilities, municipal sewage disposal, etc. there is ample, mineral and nutrient-rich material being wasted to at least keep ME up nights... Following will be a rather haphazard narration, illustrated, of how I've made use of what is readily available. I have tried to get others interested, and they are, but they like to watch me, rather than take up the pitchfork, themselves. The day will come, I am sure, but until then, I gather..... Feel free to comment. I'm going to make installments to this thread over the course of the next week or so.