Compost Production

Quivira supports composting at all scales!

At Quivira, we’re excited about compost production, and use of compost as a biological amendment for land restoration.

In rural communities, organic materials account for up to 60 percent of total waste produced (1) in the forms of manure from livestock operations, woody waste from brush removal or forest thinning, animal bedding, crop residues, yard wastes such as leaves and grass clippings, and kitchen scraps. Composting transforms all of these from nutrient and landfill problems into solutions that protect waterways, improve soil productivity through safe application to pastures and farm fields, and possibly provides an avenue of income generation. 

Compost and other organic amendments have been shown to be useful tools of active soil restoration, but more research is needed to understand when and where these amendments have the largest benefits for land restoration. We will thus continue on-ranch trials of compost amounts, season of application, sources, and deployment methods. We will also investigate the use of compost with erosion control structures to rapidly heal headcuts. Broadly, our research will focus on the benefits of compost in addressing and building resilience to drought and will support local and regional compost production for use in rural landscapes. We will also compile and share economic case studies of compost production and use to reduce hesitation for landowners considering a new management direction.

We are currently partners on a grant with Reunity Resources and Edgewood Soil Water Conservation District to build capacity for composting in Rural New Mexico. Funded by the Rural Utilities Program of USDA.

Become a state-certified compost facility operator!

Note: ONLY people in the Edgewood Soil Water Conservation District OR employed by the Town of Edgewood are eligible.

We are seeking applications for three scholarships for people who wish to become state-certified compost facilities operators through the New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Recycling Coalition. 

  • One scholarship will be dedicated to an employee with the Town of Edgewood 
  • Two will be awarded to local leaders who establish composting hubs on their rural farms and ranches. 

Applications will be prioritized based on need for support, participation from Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers, and fit with the program’s goals.

Edgewood Soil Water Conservation District compost certification scholarship

  • Contact Information

  • For example, receive waste from neighbors, provide compost to neighbors, etc.
  • Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers

    Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers (https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/people/outreach/slbfr/?cid=nrcsdev11_001040)
  • All answers are optional but this project is prioritized to support individuals who identify as or meet one or more of the following criteria:
  • Operation and goals

  • For example, this may include size, crops/livestock, management strategy, etc.
  • Please include ecological/environmental, economic, and social goals, if applicable. If known, please include the amount of compost that you anticipate making.
  • This could be at the neighborhood, watershed, state, or national level. We will value both quality (including working with traditionally underserved populations) and quantity (eg. acres, numbers of participants) of interactions.