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Composting offers a pile of rewards

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Compost pile at Sandhill Family Farms. Behind the pile, a multibin compost system separates waste by stages of decay.

Ellyn Ruhlmann

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Conventional agriculture has stripped our Illinois soil of the organic matter plants need, says an ecologist. By adding compost to the soil, growers can nurture strong, healthy plants while helping the environment.
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