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New Zealand: Chocolate Wrappers Composted in Local Garden

Some of Whittaker’s new peanut slabs with compostable packaging.

Specially-wrapped Peanut Slabs in plant-based compostable packaging went on sale in Wellington and Porirua. They are then taken to For the Better Good’s Edible Earth Urban Micro Farm in Cannon’s Creek for composting.

By Katarina Williams
Feb 01 2021


“The process starts with gathering resources all diverted from landfill, we’re diverting food waste, we’re diverting garden waste, we’re collecting out packaging, now we’re collecting Whittaker’s packaging here in Porirua,” Klinac said.

“We add all of those together. It takes about three months to cycle through from lettuce leaves all the way through to dark, rich compost at the end. Generally, we add beneficial microbes to make sure the compost is really high quality.

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February 6, 2021   Comments Off on New Zealand: Chocolate Wrappers Composted in Local Garden

Composting Your Loved Ones

Recompose: Become soil when you die

From their website.

The Cycle Begins:
Natural organic reduction (NOR), also known as human
composting, is powered by beneficial microbes that
occur naturally on our bodies and in the environment.

The Laying In:
Our staff lay the body in a cradle surrounded by wood chips, alfalfa, and straw. The cradle is placed into a Recompose vessel and covered with more plant material.

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February 3, 2021   Comments Off on Composting Your Loved Ones

‘I’ll tell Kamala about this when I get home!’ Doug Emhoff makes solo debut as Second Gentleman to urban farm

Volunteers at the urban farm show Doug Emhoff the different type of food grown there.

The second gentleman learned about the vegetables grown in the garden, toured the greenhouse and saw an area where compost is made during his 30 minute visit on a cold, windy day.

By Emily Goodin
Daily Mail
January 2021


Emhoff, 56, toured the two-acre urban garden with Chris Bradshaw, the founder of Dreaming Out Loud, which organizes the garden along with community farmers markets where residents can purchase produce from local farmers using SNAP benefits.

A prominent lawyer in California, Emhoff gave up his job as a partner at the law firm DLA Piper to serve as second gentleman. He’s also teaching a class this semester at Georgetown Law.

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January 29, 2021   Comments Off on ‘I’ll tell Kamala about this when I get home!’ Doug Emhoff makes solo debut as Second Gentleman to urban farm

Canada: Nelson will use unique technology to reduce composting costs

Nelson City Hall staff person Sandy Kobe with a FoodCycler used in a city staff room.

The start-up cost including purchase of 4,000 FoodCyclers and bins is expected to be about $1.1 million, with two-thirds to be paid for by a grant from CleanBC

By Bill Metcalfe
Nelson Star
Dec 9, 2020


Households in Nelson will first treat their organic material with a FoodCycler, a kitchen counter-top unit that dehydrates food material.

Organic material from around the RDCK will be trucked to a new facility being constructed on an old landfill site near Salmo.

According to the city, taking the water out of the organic material before it is picked up at curbside will mean “not trucking water around,” because the volume and weight of the waste will be significantly reduced. This will result in fewer curbside collections per year, lower transportation costs, and fewer greenhouse gases.

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January 19, 2021   Comments Off on Canada: Nelson will use unique technology to reduce composting costs

Congo: Building a Garden Out of Gorilla Poop

Members of the Fossey Fund Biodiversity Research team work to identify plants in the rainforest.

They are used to grow locally prized medicinal plants and edible wild fruits, which can be distributed to community members near the Nkuba Conservation Area (NCA).

Gorilla Fund
Nov 15, 2020


Not far from the village of Nkuba, in a remote area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas roam, lies a two-and-a-half acre field—just a bit bigger than a soccer field­—that holds special promise for scientists and conservationists.

The Fossey Fund created this 100-by-100-meter botanical garden near our office using gorilla dung that our trackers and researchers collected in the field. But why go to all the trouble of collecting and transporting poop?

The “poop garden” project was born as a scientific experiment to generate information and data on the germination rate of plants grown from seeds found in Grauer’s gorilla dung. Using this information, we can better understand the role of gorillas in seed dispersal and forest maintenance.

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November 21, 2020   Comments Off on Congo: Building a Garden Out of Gorilla Poop

Leave the Leaves to Benefit Wildlife

Where the leaves are in contact with the soil, I often find great numbers of earthworms that help make better soil for my garden.

By Scott Hoffman Black
12 November 2020


Out of sight often means out of mind for people and fall is a time when you do not see the bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects that where flitting around your flowers all summer. Where do these insects go when they are not visiting your garden? Some do migrate—like the monarch butterfly, flying south to overwinter in trees in Mexico or along the California coast—but the vast majority spend their entire life in and around your property. Many of our native solitary bees have laid eggs and provisioned nests in soil or in standing dead trees or hollowed out branches where the young are pupating. Bumble bee queens have found areas to overwinter under branches, in rock walls and in other relatively dry, snug places.

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November 18, 2020   Comments Off on Leave the Leaves to Benefit Wildlife

Canada: Composting teacher at City Farmer adapts classes amid pandemic, worm shortage

Andrea Lucy figured the pandemic would make teaching composting more difficult — but she didn’t expect a worm shortage. Photo by Marc Fawcett-Atkinson

“It’s a strangely popular topic. People love it,” he said.

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
National Observer
November 9th 2020


Usually, she’ll give the class a “worm bin,” a lidded plastic container with about 40 worms. That’s a bit less than what most households would use, but it’s perfect to teach them the basics. That includes making sure the worms have enough water, as their skin needs to be moist for them to breathe, and that food scraps are placed in the right part of the bin (the corners).

In pre-pandemic times, she’d work with about 60 classes throughout the school year, and about half of them would keep the compost bin for the duration of the academic year. That’s ideal, she explained, because it lets the kids see the composting process in its entirety.

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November 9, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Composting teacher at City Farmer adapts classes amid pandemic, worm shortage