June 21, 2019

The Tub Grinder at Work

There is a lot of activity going on in my compost yard - one of the most important areas on my farm.

During the year, my outdoor grounds crew amasses quite a large pile of organic debris - bark, stumps, logs, and brush. All of it is collected in one area and then either repurposed as milled lumber or left to decay and made into garden dressings, such as mulch and compost. To help with the decomposition process, I like to enlist the help of a tub grinder every couple of years. This large piece of machinery grinds the material into much finer, usable wood chips. Dan Repola, of Material Processors, located in Warwick, New York, has managed our projects several times. Once all the wood has gone through the tub grinder, Dan passes it through again to make it even finer and then mixes it with aged horse manure and chicken droppings to create nutrient-rich "black gold." 

Enjoy these photos of this very interesting process.