Our waste could help reverse climate change

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by

If California funds new composting facilities, more cities could divert waste, more farmers and ranchers would have access to compost and more rangeland could be covered. (Courtesy photo) By Robyn Purchia on August 31, 2016 A few years ago, on a ranch in the small Marin town of Nicasio, a series of events led […]

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What we can learn from San Francisco : recycling,composting and zero waste

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by

BY JOCELYN MERCADO March 28, 2016 The people living and working in San Francisco demonstrate a clear dedication to helping the environment. Public transportation is quite popular with people from all economic levels. Vegan and vegetarian restaurants abound. Every Sunday, there is a farmer’s market that stretches for blocks and blocks, offering organic produce for lower […]

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Helping Farmers Expand Composting in the County

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by

Did you know that food scraps account for approximately 23% of the County’s overall waste stream? And did you know that there are new state standards that allow farmers to use food scraps to make compost? That’s o.k. if you didn’t know…most County residents, and many farmers, don’t know about this new opportunity to use food […]

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Reducing the Impact of Wasted Food by Feeding the Soil and Composting

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by

Composting is the fifth tier of EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy. Even when all actions have been taken to use your wasted food, certain inedible parts will still remain and can be turned into compost to feed and nourish the soil. Like yard waste, food waste scraps can also be composted. Composting these wastes creates […]

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One Man’s Mission to Expand Composting in Chicago

Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 by

If you live in the city, you may think it’s hard to compost. Compost is rich soil created by naturally recycling organic material. But there’s one man who is trying to make it easy. He’s helping residents, restaurants and caterers compost–all by the seat of his bicycle. Learn about a small business called Healthy Soil Compost, […]

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Biochar in Colorado

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by

by M. Ramlow, C.M.H. Keske, M.F. Cotrufo Quick Facts Biochar shows promise for a variety of applications — such as utilizing residues from overcrowded and beetle- infested forests, storing carbon in soils, soil reclamation and mining remediation, and a soil amendment for gardening — but continued research is necessary to better inform management decisions. A […]

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Biochar: Helps Increase Crop Yields And Mitigates Climate Change

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by

Whenever we hear the word biochar, most of us are thinking that this is not a climate-friendly method since it undergoes combustion process and can aggravate greenhouse effect. Though this is a thousand years old industrial technology technique for soil enhancer, some are still confused if it’s the real deal. Is it, in fact, a […]

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Scientists hope wetland carbon storage experiment is everyone’s cup of tea

Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 by

Australian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world. They are hoping others will sacrifice a few cups of tea and join in to discover how efficient different wetlands are at capturing and storing carbon dioxide. Lipton green tea and red tea “rooibos” varieties will […]

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Tips for Starting a Home Composting System

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by

What Is Composting? Composting is the process of taking natural organic material, such as eggshells, coffee grounds, grass trimmings, and banana peels, and placing it in a bin, then encouraging it to break down over time into a nutrient-rich fertilizer that can be used on your lawn and garden. Composting at Home State of Composting […]

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Meet the Woman Who Runs NYC’s First Commercial Farm in a Residential Development

Posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 by

The farmer-in-residence is Zaro Bates, and she’s a 26-year-old from Brooklyn who is running the 4,500-square foot commercial farm built above an underground parking garage. Bates, with the help of her husband and business partner, Asher Landes, 29, who manages the complex’s apiary, are in the midst of their first growing season that’s already produced thousands of pounds […]

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