A Youth-operated Certified Compost Production and Distribution Scheme

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2000: $15,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $40,157.00
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
Project Coordinator:
Leroy Ray, Jr.
The Farm School Cooperative

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: corn, rye, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: melons, apples, berries (other)
  • Nuts: walnuts
  • Vegetables: beans, cabbages, carrots, cucurbits, greens (leafy), peas (culinary), sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips


  • Animal Production: manure management, preventive practices, range improvement, watering systems, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: organic fertilizers, application rate management
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, focus group, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, cooperatives, marketing management, agricultural finance
  • Natural Resources/Environment: hedges - grass, habitat enhancement
  • Pest Management: compost extracts, field monitoring/scouting, physical control, prevention, sanitation
  • Production Systems: transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: earthworms, organic matter, soil analysis, composting
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, analysis of personal/family life, employment opportunities, social networks, sustainability measures
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.