Inside Bootstrap Compost and the “living, breathing” world of soil

By Cayla Kwok

Igor Kharitonenkov buried his hand into a 15-foot bay of worm waste, uncovering a skinny, inch-long earthworm. Many might feel repulsed, not him.

Kharitonenkov is a cofounder of Bootstrap Compost, a subscription-based composting business with facilities in Johnston, R.I. and Everett that convert organic materials into sustainable products.

“Soil compost is a living, breathing ecosystem,” he said, explaining that the piles of dirt contain micro bacteria, macro bacteria, and bugs. “It creates that vibrant environment that allows plants and little critters to thrive.”

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