Earth911 has brought you many stories about San Francisco’s successful composting program for food scraps and yard trimmings. But what happens after the materials are picked up at the curb? How are apple cores, chicken bones and fallen leaves turned into a nutritious soil amendment for farms and vineyards? Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Jepson Prairie Organics, the large-scale composting facility that processes organic waste from the City by the Bay.
The facility: Jepson Prairie Organics
Opened in 1996, Jepson Prairie Organics is a large-scale composting facility, located about 40 miles southwest of Sacramento, Calif., and owned by Recology, the same company that collects San Francisco’s waste and recycling.
On 22 acres of the 56-acre plot of land, Jepson Prairie processes food scraps and yard trimmings from various cities throughout Northern California, including San Francisco, and turns them into an especially rich black compost to sell to nearby organic farms and vineyards in the Napa and Sonoma area.
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