Colorful California Landscape: A Water-Friendly Garden
Colorful California Landscape:  A Water-Friendly Garden

Compost is made of organic materials derived from plants and animal that have been decomposed largely through aerobic decomposition.  The process of composting is simple and practiced by individuals in their homes, farmers on their land, and cities within their industries.

Compost is rich in nutrients.  It is used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture.  The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer to add vital humic acids, and as a natural pesticide for soil.  Compost can be made of a variety of materials, including using worms to generate worm castings.  This is called vermiculture. In ecosystems, compost is useful for erosion control, land and stream reclamation, wetland construction, and as landfill cover.

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Stewardship requires the recognition that we are all caretakers of the environment and economy for the benefit of present and future generations. We must balance the impacts of today's decisions with the needs of future generations. - The Minnesota Round Table on Sustainable Development (1998)