Soil Alchemy is about turning all the kitchen waste of the village of Darabkola in Northern Iran to rich and fertile compost. Darabkola has a population of about 7000 people. Our project is about sharing the knowledge of how to make compost and to demonstrate this art and science at a village-wide scale. By doing so, not only the garbage output of the village reduces, but the nutrient cycle of the soil gets re-established to enable and enhance organic and healthy growing of our food again.
Every Thursday our two focalisers, together with the village council and local residents hold a two-hour compost making workshop. We ask the local residents to collect their kitchen waste and bring it to our compost site. Together with our focalisers, the village residents are engaging in the transformation of their waste material to rich soil. A great alchemy is taking place in Darabkola. We hope the Soil Alchemy will spread village by village to make a lasting difference to the wellbeing of our soil and our health.