| Thirty years ago, William Jay Carter IV was inspired to begin the creation of a low impact, environmentally friendly composting process. His dream was a simple system that would clean up all types of waste and in turn produce a nutrient rich soil. Using nature's own patterns, he created a system so unique as to ultimately acquire a US patent for his "method of composting that utilizes both aerobic and anaerobic processes simultaneously". The Bio-E, a true bio-engine, creates a self-sustaining system that may well hold the answers to many of today's waste management problems.
Agricultural and livestock pollution are becoming an increasingly significant source of contamination for rivers, ground water and oceans all over the globe. The specific needs of a North Carolina pig farmer's waste lagoons are answered by the simple Bio-E system. A hog farm test site proved that the process is capable of handling hog mortality and waste. All the tests conducted at the Surrey county site passed or surpassed the EPA's regulations by running at a temperature of 148F, a considerable distance from the required minimum of 131F. This system does not require specialized machinery; therefore it is an immediate solution for livestock feed and fertilizer runoff. Scalable from a 200 to10, 000 plus animal farm, the Bio-E would provide a simple solution to many of our largest and most pressing ecological concerns.
The Bio-E is also a solution to the growing landfill needs of municipalities both large and small by matching the rate of speed in comparable systems such as a digester or windrow but at a greatly reduced cost. This is made possible by eliminating the start-up and operational cost of new machinery. The beauty of composting will always be in its product and this 'designer grade compost' is no exception. By utilizing this process, the industrial wasteland of today's landscape could be tomorrow's garden club site of choice.
On the surface this process may seem like the standard method of composting. It is decidedly not. Unlike traditional compost sites built and harvested within a year, this method creates piles that are ten, twenty, and potentially a hundred plus years old. Long-term use is made possible because only the centers of the piles are harvested. The unharvested mass of the pile itself acts as a bio filter and a concentrator of usable bacteria. The Bio-E creates its own habitat by controlling and protecting the perimeter environment with a skin-like internally regenerated system of filters. This eliminates the need for pads, covers, bins or trays.
Rockwater Farms is the base of operations for the Bio-E. Nestled in the lovely mountains of western North Carolina for 26 years, the farm is home to a 20 year old compost pile. Jay often thinks about the possibilities for the future of his creation. He wonders if today's waste management methodology will welcome a system that could possibly render the status quo obsolete. His hopes for the immediate environmental help the bio-E is capable of providing remains undiminished. He has a system that works.