Establish a system of composting to produce local sustainable agricultural inputs

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2022: $14,725.00
Projected End Date: 01/15/2024
Grant Recipient: Sun Sprout Farm
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:
Bailey Scott
Sun Sprout Farm


  • Agronomic: corn, soybeans


  • Pest Management: compost extracts
  • Soil Management: composting, soil microbiology, soil quality/health

    Proposal summary:

    Soil health is one of the largest problems in the world today.  Our soil is depleted and poisoned and this is largely due to our agricultural practices.  Being a farmer in southern Minnesota I have experienced the very limited options for fertilizer and soil amendments.  Most of these options are synthetic and shipped in from far away places.  Synthetic fertilizers are destroying the microorganisms in the soil which are essential for growing healthy crops.  Not to mention the environmental destruction factors from the production processes of the synthetic fertilizers.   In order to address this huge problem we need to create local systems that produce the inputs needed for large scale agriculture.  The process of making our own organic inputs will strengthen the community all while rebuilding the health and diversity of our soils.  This project will be a template for communities all over to take a huge step towards environmental regeneration and self sufficiency.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    1.  Establish a systematic way to produce local sustainable agricultural inputs.
    2. Share findings and bring awareness through field days and educational gatherings.
    3. Create community around soil health and environmental stewardship.
    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.