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2008-09-06 03:00:16

By Sorensen, Meredith Portland International Airport (PDX) in Portland, Oregon, expands its food waste collection to travelers. IN November 2007, Portland International Airport (PDX) in Portland, Oregon, unveiled a set of waste receptacles in the newly renovated Concourse D that allow travelers to send leftover burgers, French fries, cookie crumbs and salads to a composting facility. Collecting clean loads of food waste from multilingual travelers who purchase food from multiple vendors was...

2008-09-06 03:00:16

By Guerrero, Rafael D III Utilizing vermicomposting improves soil fertility, reduces costs and mitigates pollution in the Philippines. THE Philippines has a robust agricultural economy with its extensive land and water resources. The production of crops such as rice, coconut and sugarcane, along with fisheries (aquaculture), is the mainstay of the country's agricultural base. One of the major constraints in the production of crops and fish in the Philippines is the high cost of inputs,...

2008-09-06 03:00:13

By Brown, Margo Reid Getting organics out of landfills is critical. Connecting that mission with greenhouse gas emissions will make that happen. THE ENVIRONMENTAL outlook is bright throughout California, and we're doing everything we can to keep the momentum going forward. A huge part of this is going to be how we leverage the progress made thus far, and employ the credibility from that success to build more support behind the organics-related solutions we've always known to be a tremendous...

2008-09-06 03:00:12

By Runge, Karsten Trends and practices in biosolids composting in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. OVER the past few years, composting of biosolids has become very popular in some Eastern European countries. This trend started in Poland in the late 1990s (see "Past, Present and Future of Composting in Poland," BioCycle April 2002), with later development in countries like Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Those countries, also known as the Baltic States, belonged to the former Soviet Union...

2008-09-06 03:00:12

By Diaz, L F Eggerth, L L Grover Landscape Services processes up to 800 tons/day of yard trimmings and source separated food waste, producing high quality compost for landscape and agricultural markets. GROVER Landscape Services, Inc. operates several composting facilities in northern California. Its site in Vernalis receives yard trimmings and food waste from various communities around the San Francisco Bay area, between 70 and 100 miles to the east. These include the City of Berkeley,...

2008-09-06 03:00:12

By Anonymous Montpelier, Vermont The Vermont Natural Resources Board recently instructed Vermont Compost Co.'s operation in Montpelier to halt operations, and issued an $18,000 fine. The Board believes Vermont Compost to be in violation of Act 250, declaring the operation to be a compost manufacturing facility instead of a farm. Karl Hammer, proprietor of Vermont Compost Co., maintains that his operation is a farm, because he raises chickens and mules, and has an agricultural contract with...

2008-09-05 21:00:12

By Dale Skaggs Now that the rains have moistened the soil, one good gardening task is to prepare soil for fall planting. In the Mid-South most of our soil is slightly acidic clay. If you have topsoil you probably live in an older house. In general, good building soil is vastly different from good gardening soil, and if there was any topsoil originally on the site the developers removed the good garden stuff. I often hear from folks who are new to the area complain that the soil here is...

2008-09-05 09:00:18

WHEN it comes to going green - waste not, want not. The Evening Gazette's Go Green campaign is encouraging all of us to take steps to improve the environment. Today Energy Doctor Steve Hunter, right, who is regional manager for the Energy Savings Trust of the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside Advice centre, answers your questions on dealing with waste in the home. Q. I live alone and have a full time job, so when it comes to making myself dinner a lot of the food I have bought has...

2008-08-29 15:00:30

By SHARON KILEY MACK; OF THE NEWS STAFF LIMESTONE - There's one sure thing about raising cows: They poop. A lot. Pineland Farms Natural Meats estimates that the 2,000 cows on their cattle farm in Fort Fairfield, the largest feed lot in New England, produces about 10,000 yards of manure each year. Thursday PFNM unveiled their new composting operation at the former Loring Air Force Base. "The agriculture community in Aroostook County will greatly benefit from this. It is large enough to...

2008-08-27 03:00:35

By Anonymous A project to evaluate the effects of green waste compost and "in vessel" compost (with food waste included) on the yield and quality of Class 1 fruit in commercial strawberry production was presented to visitors at Fruit Focus. The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)-funded trial is taking place at East Mailing Research (EMR) - and scientists Dr Mark Else of EMR and Dr Martin Wood of Earthcare Environmental were on hand to discuss the progress of the project so far....


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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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