Our Compost

What is Class A Compost?

There are many different types of composting. In British Columbia, the Provincial Organic Matter Recycling Regulation (OMRR) recognizes four distinctly different classifications, but for regulatory and control purposes there are in reality only two:

  1. Class A Compost ( which is all that we produce); and,
  2. Managed Organic Matter (which we do not handle), which includes:
  • Class B Compost
  • Class A Bio-Solids; and
  • Class B Bio-Solids

Class A Compost – the only kind that our Soil Farm produces – is considered the “King of Composts” It is by far the best, benign and broadly usable. The incoming feedstock for Class A compost is restricted by statute. Yet at the Revolution Ranch, we go further and – in part to maintain our valued Organic Certification – restrict our feedstock to only the highest and best inputs: source separated food scraps and yard trimmings.

Class A compost delivers a wide range of benefits to the land. It:

  • Improves the soil structure, porosity and density, thus creating a better plant root environment:
  • increases infiltration and permeability of soils, reducing erosion and runoff;
  • improves water holding capacity, thus reducing water loss and leaching in sandy soils such as those found in much of British Columbia;
  •  supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients;
  •  controls and suppresses certain soil-born plant pathogens;
  •  supplies significantly quantities or organic matter;
  •  supplies beneficial microorganisms to soils and growing media;
  •  improves and stabilizes soil pH; and
  •  binds and degrades specific pollutants.

Our Class A Compost Facility is crucial to the success of our Certified Organic Farms. If we couldn’t get the nutrition from the Class A compost we create there, we could not conduct Certified Organic Farming on the scale we do. In addition to use at home, we now count some of the Province’s most recognizable wineries and other Certified Organic farms as our customers and they pay us a premium for our compost, because it is the best.

 Full Circle Organics

We call what we do “Full Circle Organics” because our revolutionary process takes food from plate to farm and back to plate again in a constant loop that essentially never ends. The Organics disposal ban that has recently come into effect in Metro Vancouver – and will soon be required in other population centres in the Province – is critical to generating the source separated food scraps and yard trimmings that provide the badly needed nutrition to our fields and the other regional farmers we support.