Compost is the backbone of our soil fertility program. We dedicate six acres of our farm to composting, generating several thousand tons of compost each year. We compost our tree prunings, unsold fruit, and materials from other nearby farms and companies. By spreading a heavy layer of this compost over our orchards each year, we create soil that is rich in diverse microbial life and nutrients which feed our trees and regenerate our soil. Our compost windrows are home to billions upon billions of microscopic creatures such as fungi, bacteria, and nematodes as well as earthworms, insects, and more. As these life forms eat and move through the soil, they perform essential ecosystem functions like fixing nutrients, decomposing organic matter, and creating porosity so water can be absorbed and filtered.