From Garbage to Gold: Turning Organic “Waste” Into a Valuable Resource
Meeting at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 101 N. Stone (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)
- 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 micro-nutrients 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 supports green jobs.
- Composting is easy and it’s satisfying.
- Composting turns food scraps into new food!
Come to our next Sustainable Tucson general meeting on October 13, 2014 to learn more about composting from our four presenters:
CHET PHILLIPS, Project Director of the UA Compost Cats, will talk about their innovative student-run program, in which they collaborate with the City of Tucson, the Reid Park Zoo, and the San Xavier Co-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.
EMILY ROCKEY, the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Fairfax Companies, which includes Tank’s Green Stuff, will tell us about their large-scale composting operations. Tank’s Green Stuff rescues local plant material that would otherwise be considered “waste” and transforms it into something valuable: a rich, water saving, nutrient filled organic compost.
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 sharing with us her creative low-cost, low-water, low-labor composting strategies for sustainable desert living. Her goal to encourage folks to compost, reduce waste, and conserve water locally is a great plan for a more sustainable Tucson. Joy is a passive-aggressive desert gardener!
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the number of presenters, we are starting earlier than usual this month. Doors will open at 5:00 pm and the program will start promptly at 5:30 pm.