Rick Kaye founded the Compost Club in 2003. He is the Farm Manager for Puma Springs Vineyards, a certified Biodynamic Vineyard in Healdsburg, CA. The Compost Club has been a hobby project since its inception. The goal is to inspire conservation and wise use of our natural resources.
Twenty years ago, Rick served as an AgroForestry extension worker with the US Peace Corps in Panama. The subsistence farmers he lived with turned their organic waste into resources through composting, providing natural soil amendments and liquid fertilizers for their staple crops. It made a critical difference for the crops that would then survive to feed the farmers’ families. The Compost Club seeks to replicate this through awareness and daily practice.
Stefan Stehling is a skilled Bio-Intensive Gardener and Permaculture Instructor
Stefan studied with John Jeavons at Ecology Action, and shares his passion for soil biology, composting and ecological restoration with youth and adults alike. As both an educator at a Santa Rosa elementary school and member of the Compost Club, he is involved in outreach and teaches science, gardening and composting in Sonoma County schools. He is also the founder of ROOTS Solutions, LLC, a company focused on biological technologies to protect our soil and water resources.
Biointensive gardening is a practical blend of intensive cultivation practices from around the world. Practiced as a complete system, it is a documented sustainable method of food production and improves soil fertility without additional fertilizers or soil amendments.
For those interested in learning basic to advance tips about composting and vermiculture, here are some key resources that have helped me along the way. While there are many more, including other classics on the subject, these provide a good starting point. You will find links to these resource in the Learning Library on this website.
1. Read Mary Applehof’s “Worms Eat My Garbage”
2. Read “The Earth Moved” by Amy Stewart
3. Read “The Worm Cafe” by Binet Payne, if you are interested in vermiculture on a larger scale than your home
4. Read “The Worm Book” by Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor
5. Read “The Book of Compost” by Mike McGrath
6. Read “On Farm Composting Handbook”
7. Subscribe to BioCycle Magazine
8. Look up and order issues of ”The Worm Digest”
9. Take a Composting Course offered by The US Composting Council (at their annual workshop)
10. Visit The Florida State University Compost Tutorial website
11. Visit the Cornell University Waste Management Institute website
AND , Build and start a small worm bin at home!