Welcome To Soil Not Dirt Farm!

We specialize in building high quality compost for soil health, using local ingredients from the western slope of Colorado.

We offer bulk compost and delivery! For estimates or any questions, please contact us at soilnotdirt@hotmail.com.

For smaller quantities, our Seasonal Compost is also available for pick-up at Earth Friendly Supply in Paonia and Wild Mountain Seeds in Carbondale. More information at shopearthfriendly.com and wildmountainseeds.com.

About our compost

At Soil Not Dirt Farm, our main focus is creating a stable, balanced compost with high beneficial bacteria and fungal communities. The goal is to build BIODIVERSITY and a nutrient-dense product, which is important for most crops. Our compost goes through a 10-week aerobic process, breaking down the nutrients of each ingredient into a form plants can easily access. The different ingredients we use are chosen for a reason and a particular purpose in the composting process. They are sourced locally from farms, ranches and smaller homesteads.

Like baking a cake, if the right ingredients, quantity AND quality are used, the cake will be delicious! To grow a garden or landscape a home, a good recipe for your soil will more likely produce happy, resilient plants!

Our farm makes a point of sourcing non-GMO ingredients. Feedlot manure and bio-wastes are NOT part of our compost. Manure is a wonderful ingredient, as it contributes significantly to the biodiversity. However, we are aware of the potentially high salt content it may have. For this this reason, it’s kept at a minimal percentage. The finished compost is stable meaning it went through its full process,  it will never be “hot,” and it will not burn plants.

Below is a list of the different parts of our compost. Ingredients may vary depending on what is locally available.

Alfalfa/grass hay- green manure
Oat/wheat/spelt straw- good carbon source
Deciduous wood chips – builds fungal communities
Fruit and vegetable by-products
Cow/horse(sawdust mix)/sheep manure- N-P-K, macro & micro nutrients
Older compost
Clay – helps create humus compost

Our compost turner, which is powered by a tractor, helps homogenize everything. The turner also brings in oxygen and aerates the windrows. Oxygen is key to beneficial bacteria and humus compost. We turn up to 25-30 times in the process based on the temperatures and the CO2 levels.  A water trailer is pulled behind the turner and injects water into the piles as they are turned to keep them at a 45-55% moisture level.  After 4 weeks we use specialty compost covers that help protect the windrows from rain, drying out, and seeds that might blow in the wind.

The piles reach a temperature between 130-155 degrees Fahrenheit for the first three weeks, a much-needed step to kill potential seeds and pathogens.

The moral of our story: to grow nutritious plants, we must build nutritious soil! That is why we use bio-diverse, HIGH QUALITY ingredients in our compost. We pay particular attention to the timing, temperature, and purpose of each step in the process of building a balanced, stable compost!
About our compost About our compost

This Season's Compost

All compost has been screened down to 1/4".

Seasonal Compost
  • Cow manure/wood chips               24%
  • Onions                                                17%
  • Alfalfa hay                                          16%
  • Leaves                                                 12%
  • Aspen shavings                                 11%
  • Chicken manure/wood chips          9%
  • Goat manure/hay                              7%
  • Rye straw bales                                  4%

A Little More Wood & Manure Compost 
  • Cow manure/wood chips                  32%
  • Leaves                                                  16%
  • Onions                                                   12%
  • Chicken manure/wood chips            12%
  • Alfalfa hay                                              11%
  • Goat manure/hay                                 8%
  • Aspen shavings                                     7%
  • Rye straw bales                                     2%

Basic Compost
  • Cow manure/wood chips                   47%
  • Leaves                                                   23%
  • Chicken manure/wood chips             18%
  • Goat manure/hay                                 12%

We only use straw and hay that have not been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides. 
This Season's Compost

Pricing and Delivery

2020 Pricing

Seasonal Compost

Under 16 yards.................... $ 75 /yard

16 yards and over................ $ 70 /yard

A Little More Wood & Manure Compost

Under 16 yards.................... $ 60 /yard

16 yards and over................ $ 55 /yard

Basic Compost

Under 16 yards..................... $ 45 /yard

16 yards and over................. $ 40 /yard

Plus your local sales tax and delivery. We offer a very economical delivery service around the western slope of Colorado. Please contact us at 970-261-3344 or soilnotdirt@hotmail.com for information.

Delivery Minimums

Please note we have a minimum number of yards for deliveries. Our Seasonal Compost is also available for pick-up at Earth Friendly Supply in Paonia.

Crawford, Paonia, Hotchkiss, Redlands Mesa (outside of Hotchkiss):  minimum of 4 yards

Delta, Cedaredge, Olathe: minimum of 6 yards

Gunnison, Ridgway, Montrose, Grand Junction:  minimum of 8 yards

Roaring Fork Valley:  minimum of 10 yards  

About our pigs

About our pigs
At Soil Not Dirt, we breed and raise Kune Kune pigs, a heritage grazing breed originally from New Zealand. Kune Kunes are sweet, mild-mannered pigs, able to grow on low inputs including grass, alfalfa and "weeds" (they've helped cure the excessive bindweed growth in our garden!). They are short-snouted and low to the ground, making them wonderful assets to pastures, orchards, and fallow fields. Kunes are more of grazers rather than rooters, and they enjoy life in a pasture much like a cow or horse. They're also great with kids!

See our "Team" page for the Kune Kune pigs we have available!

For more information on our Kune Kunes, or to reserve/bring home piglets, please call/text 970-201-3423 or e-mail soilnotdirt@hotmail.com.



Super stud boar

Jamal is around 3 years old and I got him from Prescott, Arizona. He is a stud and does not miss a sow in heat. I've had many litters from him. He has waddles and tusks. He's super sweet and easy to manage. He's available for $350 or can be paired with Argentina (or the other sows when their piglets are weaned) as a breeding pair for $650. Available now.

Argentina or "Tina"


She's around 3 years old and also came from Arizona. She's been bred with Jamal a few times and puts out great litters. She's very sweet and a really good mama. Available for $350 individually, or she can be paired with Jamal as a breeding pair for $650. Available now.



She has some great Kune qualities- flat snout, puts on weight, nice orange coloring. She's a great mama and loves belly rubs! Available for $350 individually, or she can be paired with Jamal as a breeding pair for $650 (after she's finished nursing her litter). Available mid-end of September.

Male Piglet

White and orange male piglet with waddles, born at the end of May- $250 Available now.

Two orange piglets

Orange and black spotted female piglet- $300 Orange male piglet- $250 Available mid-end of September.

Four black/brown/white piglets

Black and white female piglet- $300 Black and white female piglet with waddles- $300 Brown and white female piglet with waddles- $300 White and brown male piglet- $250 Available mid-end of September