|Monday, September 8, 2014|
|5:30 pm||to||8:00 pm|
Garbage: Waste Or Resource?
- Compost is a good alternative to chemical fertilizers…It doesn’t pollute groundwater, wells, or waterways.
- Compost keeps organic materials out of landfills, reducing methane gas emissions.
- Compost sequesters carbon deep in the soil
- Compost promotes healthy microbial activity in the soil, providing micronutrients to plant roots and discouraging soil diseases.
- Compost improves soil structure, thereby protecting topsoil from erosion.
- Compost helps soil retain more rainwater.
- Compost helps grow plants rich with nutrients that sustain good health.
- Compost manufacturing support green jobs.
- It’s easy and it’s satisfying.
- Composting turns food scraps into new food!
Come to our next Sustainable Tucson general meeting on September 8, 2014
to learn more about composting from our three presenters:
Chet Phillips, Project Director of the Compost Cats at the U of A, will be talking about their innovativestudent-run program, in which they collaborate with the City of Tucson, the Reid Park Zoo, and the San XavierCo-op Farm to turn more than 1.5 million pounds of food waste into a valuable agricultural resource. In 2013 Compost Cats received the Recycler of the Year Award from the Arizona Recycling Coalition.
Linda Leigh, Co-owner with partner Doug Shepherd of Vermillion Wormery, will talk about the use of worms for composting, aka vermicomposting, to achieve their goal of zero organic waste. They partner with restaurants and friends, taking kitchen scraps and feeding them to earthworms to produce a beautiful, full-of-life soil amendment called vermicast.
Joy Holdread, Proprietor and resident of Joy’s Happy Garden, will be talking about her creative low-cost, low-water, low-labor composting strategies for sustainable desert living. Joy is a passive-aggressive desert gardener!