Local Farm Launches Compost Project and Plants Trees to Regenerate Soil Health

At the Yellow Barn Farm – Allen’s Farm, a historically landmarked property just outside Boulder, a group of volunteers planted 3,500 trees in 3 days as part of an effort to rehabilitate the soil through regenerative permaculture. KGNU visited the farm during the planting event and learned from Azuraye Wycoff Executive Director and Energetic Engineer about the farm’s soil regeneration and compost pick up project.

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“My family has owned the Allen’s Yellow Barn Farm for the last 20 years. It was originally a horseback riding facility and we are now converting it into a regenerative sustainable farming community. We have been working with Drylands Agroecology Research to regenerative design for this beautiful 100-acre property.”

“We are looking at how to implement solo pastures and intensive animals in order to really bring the soil back to life. What we’ve really been learning over this course is that the easiest way to combat and actually reverse climate change is really regenerating the soil because as the soil becomes healthier, it has the ability to pull carbon from the atmosphere and put it back into the soil to help bring  trees to life.”

On Earth Day the Yellow Barn Farm launched its compost initiative and over 200 people registered to help plant the 3,500 trees. The composting initiative came about in response to a produce survey the farm sent to residents of Boulder County. 200 people responded and 50% of respondents claimed currently they were not doing anything with food scraps or compost. The idea of the Yellow Barn compost initiative is to reduce food waste, provide food for the animals and eventually regenerate the soil to allow the planting of fresh produce.

If you are looking to get your hands in the dirt and plant a tree there are still opportunities to do so. If you want to learn more about the Yellow Barn compost initiative you can go to yellowbarn.farm.

To learn more about the Regenerative Design Research Land Stewardship you can go to drylandsagroecologyreseach.org.

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