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2009-09-17 04:15:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa and WADDINXVEEN, The Netherlands, September 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Eosta subsidiary Soil & More has been awarded the right to recover about 95% of the City's green waste for organic composting. Soil & More Reliance (SMR) recently signed a contract worth around 70 million Rand with the City of Cape Town. The company has been awarded the contract because of her prominent sustainable entrepreneurship. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:...

2009-09-06 10:13:56

Mulching, flaming and 'Swiss sandwich' techniques analyzed Successful organic apple farming literally starts from the ground up. Maintaining a healthy orchard floor is the key to preventing weeds and keeping soil healthy. Logically, finding effective methods to increase production and marketability of organic apples is critically important to growers who have to deal with pests and disease without the use of conventional tools available to nonorganic growers. Dario Stefanelli of Michigan...

2009-08-17 10:27:00

Programs Provide Training, Hands-On Activities for Students, Others HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's students, teachers and community groups will be able to take field trips, study alternative energy, restore ponds and wetlands, and use worms to create compost with the help of 60 environmental education grants by the commonwealth to schools, colleges, county conservation districts and local non-profit organizations. Environmental Protection...

2009-07-31 14:47:15

A Pennsylvania dairy farmer said his farm and several local homes are all powered by the same source -- droppings from his cows. Shawn Saylor, 36, of Rockwood, said rising energy costs led him to become interested in a process called anaerobic digestion, which involves manure heated for 16 days to make methane gas, which is then burned in two engine generators, CNN reported Friday. It's a pretty simple process. There's not really a lot to it, Saylor said. Manure comes from the cows, and...

2009-07-16 10:51:26

Waste from the textiles industry could with the assistance of earthworms and some animal manure become a rich compost for agriculture, according to a report in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution.Most gardeners will tell you the earthworm is their best friend as it aerates the soil and helps break down compostable materials so releasing nutrients for improved plant growth. One particular species of earthworm, known as Eisenia foetida, thrives in rotting vegetation, compost,...

2009-05-20 14:35:00

Funding Will Reduce Organic Waste Stream, Generate Additional Organic Products HARRISBURG, Pa., May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Grants totaling nearly $400,000 will allow businesses, colleges and farms in six Pennsylvania counties to reduce their organic waste and put what is left to a better use, Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger announced today. "This is an example of making something out of nothing," said Hanger. "Every year, we simply throw away material that can be...

2009-05-14 10:41:09

A U.S. researcher has been awarded a $222,000 grant to reduce bacteria being spread from farms and gardens through the use of manure as a fertilizer. Clemson University food safety researcher, Associate Professor Xiuping Jiang, said a teaspoon of fertile soil can have as many as 1 billion bacteria -- some that can cause extreme sickness and even death. But Jiang's research shows that by raising temperatures and using other approaches, bacterial counts in compost are reduced. The funding --...

2009-04-21 17:35:00

First 'Green' Load will arrive at Company's Distribution Center on Earth Day, April 22, 2009 SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- To honor their commitment to the environment, not only on Earth Day but all year round, Stater Bros. has partnered with Community Recycling and Resource Recovery Inc. to turn organic waste into compost that can be sold to area farmers. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20030421/STATERLOGO) The first "green" load will arrive at Stater...

2009-04-16 09:00:00

Leading Experts Offer Environmental and Gardening Tips to Central Texans AUSTIN, Texas, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- At The Great Outdoors, every day is Earth Day, but to celebrate the "official" occasion, Austin's famed garden center will be hosting a composting class given by local compost guru Patrick Van Haren. Patrick's company, Sunergie, specializes in making the finest compost and compost extract to infuse your lawn and garden with beneficial microbes. "Compost, whether you're making it...

2009-03-02 13:22:00

SEATTLE, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- To many, the idea of composting sounds like a positive environmental behavior, but according to Dr. Lawrence Green, M.D., Ph.D. and founder of Bokashicycle, it may be doing more harm than good. Bokashicycle is the totally natural way to reduce, reuse and recycle organic waste. It heals the planet by reducing greenhouse gases. What about compost? Compost is a mixture of decaying organic matter used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients. The...


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Sheet Mulching
2013-08-05 12:36:35

Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...

Redworm, Eisenia fetida
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The redworm (Eisenia fetida), also known as the brandling worm, the tiger worm, the panfish worm, the trout worm, or the California worm, is a species of earth worm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. This species is native only to Europe, but it has been introduced into every country, excluding Antarctica, for vermicomposting purposes. Unlike other species of worm, the redworm does not prefer to reside in soil. It can be found in manure, rotting vegetation, and compost. The...

Plasticulture
2013-04-01 12:21:33

The term plasticulture is in reference to the practice of utilizing plastic materials in agricultural applications. The plastic materials themselves are frequently and broadly referred to as “ag plastics.” Plasticulture ag plastics can include soil fumigation film, nursery pots and silage bags, irrigation drip tape or tubing, but the term is most frequently used to describe all kinds of plastic plant and soil coverings. Such coverings range from plastic mulch film, high and low...

Vermicompost
2013-03-20 16:04:22

Vermicompost is composting with the use of special earthworms. Red wigglers and white worms are the more common worms used, although European night crawlers can be used as well. Red wigglers can be found living in manure piles and in rotting vegetation and adapt the best in covered worm bins. Common earthworms burrow deeply and are not recommended for use in compost bins. Blue worms are commonly used in the tropics. Worms are used to decompose vegetable and food waste along with bedding...

Compost
2013-03-03 07:19:30

Image Caption: Compost barrel with compost and tools. Credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia Compost is fertilizer made from decomposed organic matter that is then tilled directly into the soil or used as an additive when transplanting seedlings. Composting can be very simplistic or complex, depending on the amount of compost needed. Compost is widely used in organic farming because of its high nutrient content and natural pesticide abilities. Composting is simply piling, systematically,...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'