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City Farmer holds adult ‘wormshops’ in Vancouver, BC

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Residents of the City of Vancouver, please call.

City Farmer has held worm composting classes for over 25 years in cooperation with the City of Vancouver. This spring we have limited number of spaces for City residents to purchase $25 worm composters for use in apartments. Each one comes with a bin, lid, tray, worms, bedding and Mary Appelhof’s book, “Worms Eat My Garbage”.

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April 7, 2016   Comments Off on City Farmer holds adult ‘wormshops’ in Vancouver, BC

Do not stand on your compost bin to clean your roof

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This fellow falls into his bin and gets stuck!

City Farmer has run the Vancouver Compost Hotline for almost 30 years and we have had all types of questions, but never about someone stuck in a bin.

Of course this could have been a prank set-up to amuse his family, but then again, if the man had all his weight on both legs on the centre of the bin lid, then perhaps he did fall through.

March 31, 2016   Comments Off on Do not stand on your compost bin to clean your roof

Composting: Under sink device takes macerated food waste – sends it in one direction – liquid waste goes in another.

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Rice University engineering students’ device makes composting easier

By David Ruth
Rice University
Office of Public Affairs
News & Media Relations

HOUSTON – (March 28, 2016) – It’s good for crops, it’s good for water and, in the end, it’s good for people and the planet. Why would anyone not turn food waste into compost?

Rice University engineering students asked that question at the start of the school year and have spent the months since refining their answer.

The team known as (com)post-haste invented a device that sits under one’s sink and takes macerated food waste produced by a standard garbage disposal and sends it in one direction while liquid waste (including water) goes in another. Effectively, it simplifies the process of recycling garbage into a useful product while helping to protect water supplies.

The students make up one of more than 80 capstone design teams at Rice. Most senior engineering students are required to complete a project to graduate and are presented with a host of possibilities when they begin their classes in August.

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March 28, 2016   Comments Off on Composting: Under sink device takes macerated food waste – sends it in one direction – liquid waste goes in another.

Urban Smart Farms – self-contained vertical garden and composting system

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The Invictus Organic Soil Blend has been pre-blended with organic fertilizers and minerals such as kelp meal, alfalfa meal, glacial rock dust, blood meal, feather meal, fishbone meal and rock meal.

Located in Port Coquitlam, BC
Canada

From their website:

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The Urban Smart Farm is the ultimate square-foot gardening system that converts 9 square-feet of growing space into 36 square-feet! Our method of farming maximizes space, uses less soil and water, and requires less time to maintain than a traditional garden.

At the center of the Urban Smart Farm is a column-like composting system that uses worms to break down your organic waste. The worms feed on your kitchen compost and after 90 days you are left with worm manure or worm castings, which is a high quality fertilizer.

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February 22, 2016   Comments Off on Urban Smart Farms – self-contained vertical garden and composting system

Draft Manual of Composting Toilet and Greywater Practice for British Columbia (Canada)

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Feb 2016

This manual is under development for the BC Ministry of Health. The manual is to be a source of standard practice for trained sewerage system practitioners and professionals and is intended to be used side by side with the BC Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual (SPM), for systems that are managed under the BC Sewerage System Regulation.

And the BC Sewerage System Standard Practice Manual is available on the same web page.

In case you are not familiar with the BC context, please consider the following points when reading the manual:

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February 21, 2016   Comments Off on Draft Manual of Composting Toilet and Greywater Practice for British Columbia (Canada)

McDonald’s to use recycled coffee in community gardens in Scottsdale, Arizona

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Scottsdale McDonald’s Manager Rebecca Ann Meddock and Scottsdale Community College Garden President Gary Raymond and wife Betty Ann pick up coffee grounds for college community garden. (special to the Independent)

The majority of our certified coffee purchases are from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, including 100 percent of our espresso in the U.S.”

Scottsdale Independent
Feb 10th, 2016

Excerpt:

The initiative is part of McDonald’s “Good Neighbor Good Grounds” recycling program, designed to divert used coffee grounds from the waste stream by promoting the reuse of coffee grounds to add nutrients to soil or compost.

McDonald’s restaurants throughout Arizona are teaming up with schools and colleges statewide to recycle their used coffee grounds and help their gardens grow, stated a press release.

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February 15, 2016   Comments Off on McDonald’s to use recycled coffee in community gardens in Scottsdale, Arizona

New Chicago Composting Ordinance Helps Urban Farmers

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Chicago Lights is able to run an entire urban farm on top of a concrete pad thanks to compost. Lots and lots of compost. Photo via Modern Farmer (Jacqui Cheng).

Smaller producers like community gardens, as well as those in the urban farm category, will now be able to seek out ingredients to cultivate good compost.

By Anna Boisseau
Medial Reports
Jan 27, 2016

Excerpt:

The ordinance creates two new categories of composters: larger scale urban farms, and tier two facilities, like community gardens. After registering with the city, these agricultural organizations can increase the size of their operation and include offsite materials. Though they cannot accept money for taking organic waste, urban farms will be able to sell their compost.

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January 29, 2016   Comments Off on New Chicago Composting Ordinance Helps Urban Farmers

Webinar: Producing Compost for Urban Agriculture: Needs and Opportunities

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Presented by: Bruce Berry, Almost Urban Vegetables – Date: Wednesday February 3rd, 2016

By the Compost Council of Canada

Bruce Berry and Marilyn Firth run Almost Urban Vegetables, a 10-acre family farm, in St. Norbert, Manitoba, on the south edge of Winnipeg.

Eight years ago, they left an urban lifestyle to follow the dream of growing food and living simply.

An engineer by trade, Bruce manages the “how we’ll do it” – the logistics of materials, water, harvesting and equipment.

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January 28, 2016   Comments Off on Webinar: Producing Compost for Urban Agriculture: Needs and Opportunities

Art of ‘Waste’ — The New York Compost Box Project

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I had the heaviest of the compost boxes (the one with the money box on top) on a little folding cart and was hauling it up over a curb cut to photograph it. It fell off the cart and onto my foot.

The Compostess
November 18, 2015

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Then, there are interactive art-ivists like New York City graphic designer and master composter Debbie Ullman, who has launched a clever food waste project that challenges people to think outside the box as they deposit food scraps inside of one.

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December 7, 2015   Comments Off on Art of ‘Waste’ — The New York Compost Box Project

Compost City: Practical Composting Know-How for Small-Space Living

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Compost City serves all eco-curious citizens from casual hobbyists to staunch activists.

By Rebecca Louie
Roost Books
May 19, 2015

Along with backyard chickeners, balcony beekeepers, rooftop farmers, and community gardeners, urban composters are part of a bumper crop of pioneers who are redefining the green space of crowded towns and cities.

You may think you need a big yard to compost. Think again. Compost City teaches you how to easily choose and care for a compost system that fits perfectly into your (tiny) space, (busy) schedule, and (multifaceted) lifestyle.

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December 3, 2015   Comments Off on Compost City: Practical Composting Know-How for Small-Space Living

Delicious, healthy and sustainable food made with upcycled grain from urban craft breweries.

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Eat Beer! Help ReGrained Grow – Barnraiser from Barnraiser on Vimeo.

Eat Beer

By Dan Kurzrock, Jordan Schwartz
ReGrained
Nov 8, 2015

The urban craft beer industry is booming, but with it so is an unsung food waste problem. ReGrained is a solution to this problem positioned at the nexus of food, craft beer, and sustainability.

ReGrained partners with urban craft breweries in San Francisco and recovers their “spent” grain as an ingredient in delicious and healthy food. This “spent” grain represents 85% of a breweries byproduct, but actually is more nutritive than before it was used brew. Breweries extract the sugar from the grain, leaving all of the plant protein and dietary fiber. Thus, this grain has offers a sustainable source of nutrition!

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November 9, 2015   Comments Off on Delicious, healthy and sustainable food made with upcycled grain from urban craft breweries.

Bear testing a metal compost tumbler

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Jora Canada bear test highlights

August 31, 2015

Black bears trying to get into Jora household composter. June, 2015. If bears can’t get in, can other rodents? Composter was smeared with honey and peanut butter on the outside; inside was filled with fruit, fish, and other bear delicacies.

More here.

September 1, 2015   Comments Off on Bear testing a metal compost tumbler

How dog parks are reducing the impact of pet waste

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Dog poo compost not tested for pathogens should never be used on edible crops.

By Rose Seeman
Alternatives Journal
Aug 11 2015

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Volunteers who maintained the dog run in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Park in Montreal successfully composted pet waste from 2005 to 2010. They installed one-metre-cubed plastic bins and encouraged owners to put their dogs’ doo in the bins and cover it with donated sawdust. The volunteers then turned the compost when visiting with their pets. Full bins were covered until the compost was finished. Then it was bagged and left as free garden fertilizer. According to Jim Fares, president of the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Dog Run Association at the time, the process was virtually odourless. The compost quickly became popular and, he says, produced “huge flowers.” (When volunteers dwindled after five years, the city took over park maintenance and discontinued composting.)

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August 12, 2015   Comments Off on How dog parks are reducing the impact of pet waste

Bengaluru, India can reduce the waste it produces by composting at home

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S Laxminarayan, 36, a software engineer by profession, is also a part-time urban farmer.

Smitha Prasad, who started a terrace garden a month back, grows flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruits and succulents. Her collection includes Lantana, Begonia, Anthurium, long beans, ginger, pumpkin, ladies finger, lemon grass, chives, rosemary, aloe vera, grapes, banana, guava and more.

By Ananya Revanna
Deccan Herld
July 11, 2015

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According to Dr Yellappa Reddy, former secretary, Department of Ecology and Environment, we can easily contain the amount of organic waste that is sent to landfills if everyone takes to organic terrace gardening and composting. “Even in urbanised areas, it is possible. The space in individual apartment houses is limited but if five to 10 per cent of the entire land is earmarked for gardening, it will destinely make a difference. One just needs a space that is well aerated and has sufficient light,” he says.

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July 21, 2015   Comments Off on Bengaluru, India can reduce the waste it produces by composting at home

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Moves To Expand Composting for ‘Urban Agriculture’

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Gardeners at Freedom Garden have dealt with red tape over compost.

Vegetables and eggshells would be allowed to be brought in to be used for composting for ‘urban agriculture,’ previously limited to landscaping waste and whatever was produced onsite.

By Ted Cox
DNA Info
June 25, 2015

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Graham called it “a step forward for Chicago neighborhood gardens,” as well as other urban farmland.

Community farm areas such as Hyde Park’s Freedom Garden have previously been snagged in red tape over restrictions on what materials could be brought in for composting.

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July 9, 2015   Comments Off on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Moves To Expand Composting for ‘Urban Agriculture’