Welcome To Soil Not Dirt Farm!

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

We offer bulk compost and delivery! Our compost is also available for pick-up at Earth Friendly Supply in Paonia.
For large quantities and any questions please contact us at soilnotdirt@hotmail.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

  • Sheep manure  34%
  • Horse manure/sawdust mix  20%
  • Alfalfa/grass hay  16%
  • Wood chips  9%
  • Straw  8%
  • Finished compost  5%
  • Onions  3%
  • Cow manure  3%
  • Chicken manure  2%
This Season's Compost

Pricing and Delivery

2019 Pricing

Under 30 yards.................... $ 80/yard

Over 30 yards...................... $ 75/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 delivery information.
Thank you!

* Compost can be screened for an additional $10/yard. If you're looking for a super fine compost to mix with potting soil, this can be a nice option. That said, we have sold our compost unscreened for years. We're happy to talk in detail about what may be the best option for you.

Delivery Minimums

Please note we have a minimum number of yards for deliveries from our farm in Crawford, Colorado.  Our compost is also available 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

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!

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