Wow. The Small Farms Library looks like it has lots of information!
I just purchased The New Organic Grower - thanks for that fiveandahalffarm!
It's good to see more people take the no till approach. It sure does a lot of damage to the soil and all the little beasties that reside there.
If you get a chance, read the Fertility Farming book online at the Journey To Forever site. It is about a guy back in the 40's that took a worn out farm and turned it into a productive dairy, mostly by composting and rebuilding the soil. So many people just don't realize the damage tilling does, and how much it sets the land back every time it happens.
Kurt W wrote:Go Here: http://journeytoforever.org/ and look in the Small Farms Library, I think they also have some other info on composting. Great stuff, simple to follow, lots and lots of material.
Mostly, we compost just by piling our compostables up into a pile, when it gets about 4 feet tall, we start another one. we don't turn it or anything, just leave it until it is done.
We pick up a lot of old straw and hay from sources that don't use any chemicals and use some of it for composting, and the rest for mulching. We prefer mulching over composting, as it allows all the little beasties in the soil to do their thing without being disurbed. The compost we do make we use for potting new plants that we grow in the greenhouse, or start in the fall.