About Black Earth Compost
Our mission is to nourish the soil to grow healthy plants in Massachusetts, with an emphasis on food production by any and all! Made in small batches, our compost is without grass clippings but instead utilizes the riches of a bounty of food scraps.
Compost is an excellent soil amendment to add to your yard for soil and plant health. Use it as a mulch for moisture retention, mix it into the soil before you plant, or topdress your lawn, trees and shrubs to provide added nutrients and organic matter.
Our compost is rich in humus, nurtures beneficial micro-organisms, is free of any viable weed seeds, and contains an abundance of immediate and slow release nutrients.
- A Broad Range of Ingredients to support a bio-diverse compost
- No Grass Clippings that contain herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides
- Free of Weed Seeds
- Lab tested for optimal composition (scroll down for details)*
- Screened to 5/8ths inch
- Made in MA! Our compost sites serve as local sources of nutrients, making our state more resilient. Manchester, MA; Groton, MA; Framingham, MA
Lab Analysis - We have our compost tested at University of Maine each year for nutrients, pH, salts and C:N ratio. Additionally we test it for heavy metals (lead, nickel, cadmium, chromium, zinc, copper, and arsenic).
Plant Trials - We believe that plants don’t lie, and we know that analytical reports from laboratories won’t tell the whole story. That’s why we grow vegetables, fava beans and clover in our compost in a controlled plant. Clover and fava beans for the presence of persistent herbicides, using published bioassay protocols, and vegetables to show general vigor as they are heavy feeders.
Biology - We test the compost for communities of bacteria, fungus, protoctist and nematodes. We tend to be a bacterial dominated compost, but over the long term fungal populations establish. Our compost is great for making compost tea.
Email BulkSales@BlackEarthCompost.com or call 978-290-4610 ext. 3 if you have questions.
A note on pH: Compost normally shows pH 7 to 8 if it is rich in nutrients (especially for food scrap composts). This does not mean that it is going to dramatically send your soil’s pH sky high. The high pH of compost is attributed to the initial pool of 'ready to go' soluble nutrients. After that, the pH comes down to between pH 6 to 7. The compost will continue to release nutrients as the organic matter decomposes over the season.
|Nutrient Lab Test||Herbicide Trials||Food Web Test||Food Safety
||2023 Compost||2023 FSMA Report for Farms|
||2022 Compost||2022 FSMA Report for Farms|
|2021 Soil - 1
2021 Compost - 1
2021 Compost - 2
2021 Compost - 3
|2021 Compost||2021 FMSA Report for Farms|
|Not documented||2020 Compost
||2020 FSMA Report for Farms
|Not documented||2019 Compost||-Last year of no FSMA law
for small veg growers-
2023 Report of Annual PFAS Analysis: This report shows the content of fluorinated compounds found in our compost compared to state thresholds and other contaminated and non-contaminated soils. Note that our compost meets the criteria to be used in the state's strictest use case: compost can be used on a farm that sits over a drinking water supply and grows food where children are present. View our 2022 PFAS Lab Analysis. For more information on PFAS in our everyday lives and a podcast discussion with head composter Andrew Brousseau visit Moving the Needle.
*Some plastic such as fruit stickers and wrap may be found in the compost because we are sourcing the food scraps from the community.
Building Local Resiliency With Food
We proudly support community food initiatives and farms with raised beds, compost and soil to grow more food from food scraps.
With the support of our customers, we offer compost at a reduced rate to local farms. 10 cents of each bag of compost sold goes to our FarmWorks program.
Learn more about our raised bed gardens and find a FarmWorks Farm to buy produce from to complete the loop.