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Student-designed “Vermiculture Furniture” for home composting

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Photo by Amy Youngs /Ann Silverman.

“Vermiculture Furniture” course held at Ohio State University

By Kimberley Mok
TreeHugger
February 10, 2014

Excerpt:

Hoping to use design to bridge the gap between worms and humans in the home, Kay Bea Jones, Associate Professor of Architecture at Ohio State University, along with artist Ann Silverman and Associate Professor of Art Amy Youngs, recently taught a “Vermiculture Furniture” course that got fourteen students of different disciplines to come up with their own idea of what it means to “design with the compost cycle in mind, and invite worms into the home.” On the course page they explain how a thoughtfully designed kitchen could do much to integrate and “normalize” composting in our daily lives:

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February 17, 2014   Comments Off

The Compost Club in Sonoma County, California

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A loan of $5,000 helps me to buy materials (culvert and shade cloth), plywood lids, worms, and a trommel screen sifter to complete a production farm to supply and sell compost worms.

By Rick Kaye, Founder
The Compost Club
Dec 26, 2013

Our nonprofit, The Compost Club, has been introducing school and business wide vermicompost systems in Sonoma County, California since 2003. More than 15 sites participate in our program, which now diverts 44,000 lbs. of food scraps from the landfill each year. We have an excellent track record diverting organic waste and educating others about alternatives for handling waste.

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December 31, 2013   Comments Off

Vancouver Compost Garden promotes City’s worm composting program

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Mike Levenston, City Farmer executive director, displays a worm bin he encourages condo dwellers to use to recycle food scraps. Photo by Sharon Slack.

Stratas face extra cost, odours with food scraps

By Chris Campbell
24 hours
March 20, 2013

A local composting advocate hopes strata residents will take a lead in the transition to recycling food scraps in multi-family buildings by 2015.

Under new City of Vancouver rules, stratas face penalties if they don’t have programs up and running by then, said Mike Levenston, executive director of City Farmer, which runs the region’s compost hotline and offers recycling workshops.

“All these organics have to be recycled and there are easy ways to do it,” he said. “We’re here to help people get organized.”

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March 21, 2013   Comments Off

Neighbourhood composting with the ‘Silver Dragon’ at Vancouver’s Compost Garden

silver1Sharon, Head Garden at Vancouver’s Compost Garden, stands in front of the Silver Dragon electric composter. Photo by Michael Levenston.

10-20 neighbours in apartments bring their food scraps to us

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer
March 6, 2013

Our newest electric composter, nicknamed the ‘Silver Dragon’, is midway in size between the home-sized ‘Red Dragon’(now white) and the ‘White Dragon’ (a larger size) in which we composted Bishops’ restaurant food waste for a year.

Over the winter, we signed up between 10-20 neighbours from multi-family apartments and they brought their food scraps to the Compost Garden on Wednesday or Saturday afternoons. (No meat/fish/dairy waste accepted.) They met our gardener who inspected the waste and then unlocked the shed and placed the scraps in the Dragon.

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March 7, 2013   Comments Off

Urban Stream composter captures circle of life in a shipping container – Vancouver BC

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Nick Hermes is the founder of green-tech startup Urban Stream Innovation that has created a way to eliminate organic waste. Photograph by: Mark Van Manen.

Self-contained system is small enough to fit in a single parking space

By Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun
February 22, 2013

Excerpt:

Urban Stream Innovation, a Vancouver-based sustainable tech firm, has installed its first self-contained prototype composter and vertical growing system designed to eliminate kitchen waste and produce restaurant-quality herbs and greens.

The staff at Luke’s Corner Bar & Kitchen will donate about 45 kilograms of vegetable waste, old coffee grounds and used tea bags each day to the micro-farm’s two-stage composter housed in a shipping container, parked behind the Granville Street eatery.

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February 22, 2013   1 Comment

Vertical food garden and worm composter combined

The revolutionary composting vertical food garden that transforms your kitchen scraps into organic fertilizer for fast, abundant growth

The Garden Tower

– Holds up to 50 plants
– Is faster and more abundant than conventional gardening
– Can grow anything; veggies, flowers, herbs, etc.
– Turns your kitchen scraps directly into organic fertilizer

The design is elegant, simple, and set-up is straightforward and easy! Our patent pending internal worm-driven composting system makes The Garden Tower is the only garden planter that can generate it’s own fertilizer and self-conditioned soil. Along with its low-evaporation design and other innovative features, it creates incredibly healthy growing conditions.

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February 7, 2013   Comments Off

Community Composting in a Small Mexican Town

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Jose and Compost Students with over 80 bags of compost. Lo de Marcos is a small town of some 3,000 people one hour north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Photo by Amigos de Lo de Marcos.

Jardin de Composta in Los De Marcos

Piles of yard waste no longer sit on the streets of Lo De Marcos. Burning of yard waste no longer pollutes the air. As well residents of the town receive a small income from selling the finished compost. Students at the local schools are involved in the compost process and the community garden.

Excerpt from Recycle Committee Report
November 2012 – Amigos de Lo de Marcos

Compost is being screened and bagged every Saturday morning by our compost students (Beto, Neto, Fernando, Adrian, Francisco, and Esteban). Last Saturday, they filled more than 80 bags in 4 hours.

55 bags of Compost Futures have been redeemed – 125 bags remain to be redeemed. Your compost futures may be redeemed on Wednesday or Saturday mornings at the Compost Lot.

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December 21, 2012   2 Comments

‘The Ladies of Manure’ 2013 Calendar – Fertile Earth Foundation

“A pictorial calendar that will get you to rethink all your waste, even your daily # 1’s and 2’s.”

By Fertile Earth Foundation
KickStarter

Excerpt:

Fertile Earth Foundation is an environmental nonprofit based in Miami mostly known for our composting initiatives. We’ve been teaching people to rethink their waste for over 4 years. For those of you who don’t know what composting is, it’s basically turning organic waste into rich fertile soil. Organic waste is stuff like kitchen scraps, newspaper, yard trimmings, manure, even your very own poop! Anything that is not plastic, metal, or glass can be composted

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December 8, 2012   Comments Off

Memphis “Smart Mules” Win Award from the National Garden Association


Winners of the National Garden Association award, The Smart Mules themselves! Organizer Adam Guerrero with Jovantae Thomas, Shaquille Thomas, Jarvis Howard, Cortez Washington and Rodrick Daniels.

‘Harvest’ blight from the abandoned lots to compost and use as a mulch for a central mini-farm in Memphis.

Nov 10, 2012
Neighborland

Excerpt:

The “Smart Mules” are a group of talented young men led by former teacher and GrowMemphis board member Adam Guerrero. Jarvis, Jovantae, Shaq, Cortez and Rodrick “harvest” the grasses and organic material from overgrown, abandon lots that dot the Shasta neighborhood of Memphis. They use the harvest as compost and mulch, and together have a vision for creating a mini-farm on the corner of Shasta and Trezevant. With a $1,000 from the NGA, this pioneering group of young men will be able to buy new equipment, increase the productivity of their work, and move closer to their long-term vision.

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November 14, 2012   Comments Off

Mexico City – A novel market swaps rubbish for city grown vegetables

The project provides welcome jobs for the city’s farmers, many of whom work in the watery southern district of Xochimilco.

The Economist
Oct 27th 2012

Excerpt:

The 21 million residents of Mexico City have far too much rubbish and not enough healthy food. Now they can swap one for the other. A new monthly market run by the city government takes paper, glass, plastic and aluminium in return for tokens that can be swapped for locally grown food and plants. Since it began in March the “Barter Market” in Chapultepec park has exchanged 140 tonnes of rubbish for 60 tonnes of produce.

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November 4, 2012   Comments Off

From Record Store to Mushroom Farm

Visitors can also observe how repurposed coffee grounds from nearby cafes (including Starbucks) become the compost that catalyzes urban agricultural practices such as this one.

Architizer News
February 23, 2012

Excerpt:

Olson Kundig Architects’ [storefront], Seattle’s homegrown gallery for urban experimentation, has been overhauled once again. Last month, it was a music lover’s haven, rekindling the cultural narratives of the world’s fast-disappearing record stores by inviting visitors to browse through neatly filed vinyl collections and stage listening parties. Their latest experiment takes advantage of the city’s thriving coffee culture, taking the form of an indoor mushroom farm nourished by nutrient-rich coffee grounds salvaged by local baristas

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February 24, 2012   Comments Off

Manoj Kumar started a club in India that energised the local economy and taught villagers to make high-yield, organic manure


Manoj Kumar training villagers.

A farmer’s son doubled the income of villagers by making them invest in organic manure.

Until four years ago, Mustafaganj was like any other Indian village. Its people had big dreams, but they killed them. Manoj Kumar, a gold medalist in geography from BR Ambedkar University of Muzaffarpur, knew what it meant to have unfulfilled desires.

Like most young men from Bihar, he wanted join the IAS. But couldn’t. In 2006, he returned home after completing his postgraduation, smack in the middle of the Maoist-controlled ‘red zone’, to discover people living on the edge. He convinced them to sign up for a club whose members would be engaged in the production of vermicompost and start organic farming.

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February 13, 2012   Comments Off

Composting at home in India – “The Daily Dump”

Bangalore produces over 2000 to 3000 tonnes of waste everyday. The centralized government composting plant can handle only 500 tonnes per day. The rest reaches dumps that are illegal.

In just five years the Daily Dump team has helped over 4,500 customers in Bengaluru to compost household waste in terracotta pots, and these customers keep around 5,522kg of organic waste out of landfills every day. What is remarkable about Poonam Bir Kasturi’s waste management process is its simplicity, and the cleverly designed terracotta pots add a touch of earthiness to it.

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January 22, 2012   3 Comments

Pee Wee’s Magical Compost Tea

Pee Wee returns with the 5th book in the series

By Larraine Roulston
2011

Pee Wee, the endearing little red wiggler, describes the joy of composting. ‘Pee Wee’s Magical Compost Tea’ illustrates the benefits of making and using compost tea. Each book contains resources and ideas for teachers.

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October 9, 2011   Comments Off

CBC News looks at synergy between Inner City Farms and an electric composter


Video clip here.

Vancouver’s Inner-city farms uses restaurant produced compost to grow food that is delivered back to that restaurant

September 22, 2011
News, Canada, BC

A Vancouver company grows vegetables in front yards donated by homeowners, reports the CBC’s Bob Nixon.

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September 23, 2011   1 Comment