Today around 1:30PM or so my fellow agents and I started to smell a rather bad smell in the air around our office on the west side of Aurora. The scent was something between rotten garbage and bad cheese. In fact, for those of you that have gone fishing and used catfish cheese bait, it smells exactly like that. At first we thought it was emanating from one of the fast food places – maybe someone got a bad batch of grease or something, but when I got home (a couple miles away from the office) I could still smell it. The mystery continued all day with people wondering what the odd odor was. Eventually we determined that the smell was organic in nature. Someone commented that they were doing some farming work on the fields in various locations in Aurora. One of the great things about the far west side of the City of Aurora is that is still maintains a suburban feel. It’s not uncommon to find small fields planted with corn in the middle of a bunch of homes. Of course, if you have planted a garden you know that one of the best sources of plant nutriets is from compost. My best guess is that they were spreading compost on the fields in various parts of Aurora and that contributed to the odd smell. That would make sense why the smell seemed to be all over the west portion of the city. There are quite a few smaller fields spread out in between the residential areas. I guess this is just a small price to pay for lots of fresh vegetables at the spring farmer’s market.