Composting has long been an important part of the growing system at Vollmecke Orchards & CSA. The Vollmeckes first started experimenting with making compost in 1989, using materials found on the farm such as fruit and vegetable waste, grass clippings, and leaves. The finished product was used then, as it is now, to aid in the production of our fruit and vegetable crops. The compost has been a fantastic aid in adding nutrients to the soil and improving soil structure. Dramatic results were evident in the growth and production of our vegetables and orchards almost immediately.
In 2005, the Vollmeckes decided to increase the amount of compost produced, and moved from a single pile system to a number of windrows. This change set the stage for moving to a tractor-drawn windrow turner.
In 2008, with the aid of a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Vollmecke Orchards was able to purchase several important pieces of machinery. The new equipment allows the farm to produce more compost and better utilize the finished material on the farm. In the picture at left, you can see the Antonio Carrarro tractor with the MillCreek compost spreader being loaded with finished compost.
Compost is available on a retail and wholesale basis. It may be purchased by bag or truck load. Please phone (610) 383-4616 or email.