First person: Rick Trumbull

Rick Trumbull is an engaging character. He used to sell chemicals to farmers. Then he had a conversion to sustainability and organics. Now he makes compost for vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley such as Seven Hills vineyard.

I visited his compost facility in Walla Walla recently. I recorded a few minutes of Rick talking about making his compost. Get the poop and listen to the audio!

I also put up a photo of Rick in front of his “compost tea” brewer. Rick essentially steeps some compost in water, which then forms a nutritionally rich solution that can be applied to the vineyard. I never knew dirt could be so interesting.

Download audio 3mins 49secs, .wma format.

(Sorry about the wind–I’m new to audio. Hopefully podcaster Tim will be able to provide technical advice.)

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