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Love your morning coffee? So will your compost.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Do you love your morning cup of java? Well, you’re not along. In 2000, the National Coffee Association estimated that 54% of the adult population of the United States drinks coffee every day and another 25% drink coffee occasionally. Gourmet coffee shops claim 18.12% of those coffee drinkers on a daily basis. The point? There is A LOT of coffee being consumed all around the US, and from the perspective of a composter, that creates a lot of nitrogen-rich compost materials to be found.

How many Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks coffee shops do you have within three square miles of your house? Best guess would say at least 2. Each of those coffee shops will have pounds of coffee grinds left at the end of any given day for which they have no use. How can you reap the benefits of our nation’s obsession with the morning cup, or cups, of coffee?

  • Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, a mineral that helps to maintain the proper temperature and pH level in your compost bin to obtain the very best results for your compost.
  • If you have an outdoor compost bin and your neighboring critters like to try to munch away at the organic material in your bin, coffee grounds are a natural deterrent so layer them on top of the kitchen scraps that draw unwanted attention from your woodland neighbors.
  • Coffee is perfectly safe to add to your bin if you are composting with red wiggler worms.

Stop by your local coffee shop and talk to them about getting a portion of their coffee grounds on a regular basis for your compost bin. Your local city dump and your compost will both reap the benefits.

Compost News from around the Country

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

At Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm, we believe that educating our readers about compost and worm composting is one of the most important services we offer. In that vein, it’s important to keep in mind the communities, companies and people that are implementing compost plans into their daily lives and practices. Here are a few of the recent stories covering compost news from around the country:

Saugus compost site rules begin Saturday

By David Liscio / The Daily Item

SAUGUS , MA- The town reopens its recycling drop-off site on Saturday where residents can rid themselves of paper, cardboard, bottles, cans and glass containers.

The town’s compost center behind the Department of Public Works barn at 515 Main St. will also reopen. The compost site hours are Saturdays only, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A seasonal fee of $25 to use the compost facility must be paid by check or money order. No cash will be accepted and no exceptions will be made, town officials said. Read entire article.

GrowNY Compost Project

On March 5, 2011 GrowNYC will begin a 4-month pilot program to expand current food scrap collections from NYC households at select Greenmarkets. Shoppers can drop off fruit and vegetable scraps to be transported to a compost facility where they will become a fertile soil amendment for local farming projects and other uses. This program complements the existing, ongoing Greenmarket food scrap collections conducted by our community partners, Lower East Side Ecology Center (Union Square), Western Queens Compost Initiative (Sunnyside, Jackson Heights) and the Ft. Greene Compost Project.  Read entire article.

Don’t live in either of these communities? What is your neighborhood doing to make composting part of your community? Reach out to your Parks and Recreations Department or Public Waste Department and see what you can do about making public composting part of your region.

Preparing your Compost Bin for Spring

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Have you seen them? Maybe in your neck of the woods you hear them instead. The long-sought harbingers of spring have returned. Depending on your geographic location, you have probably noticed the sounds of woodpeckers in the air or the sight of the first fat, red-breasted robin. Both are sure signs that warmer weather is around the next bend. Even if you haven’t seen wildlife returning, the longer days and increase in humidity signal that spring is on the way.

As a green-minded composter, you have spent your winter patiently maintaining your compost bin in preparation of this exact moment. Now, finally, you can begin to reap the loamy, nutrient-rich for its ultimate purpose, spring.

Take a walk out to your compost bin and see how it’s fared during the cold, drier winter. If you noticed that it is a little dry, then turn it to speed up the decomposition process. Is your pile a little fragrant and wet? Add in some heat-building “browns” like shredded newspaper or straw to up the temperatures and dry it out.

If you compost with red wiggler worms, give them a once-over to see if you need to replace any. Worms, like other animals, slow to a “crawl” during the winter. As they sense the arrival of warmer temperatures, they begin to wake up and eat at normal rates. Remember, a good worm-to-bin ration is about 500 worms, around ½ pound, for every cubic foot worm bin.

Sift through the organic material left in your bin and remove any debris. Fallen twigs or rocks make for difficult composting.

Once your bin is cleaned and your composting worms are in order, add in a fresh batch of layered browns and greens. Be sure to shred your materials extra carefully to help your worms begin the break-down more easily as they rev up towards normal decomposition rates.

Time to Learn! Worm Composting Courses around the Country

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

As people around the country become more eco-minded and look to ways they can make a difference in their local community, worm composting continues to grow in popularity and application. Composting is much easier thanUncle Jims Worm Farm most people think it is and the following FREE courses from around the country not only educate as to the importance of worm composting, but give the detailed steps attendees need to begin worm composting in your home, apartment or neighborhood.

Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm is proud to provide updated news sources regarding composting seminars, classes and meetings from around the world to our readers. Check back weekly for updated compost events from around the web.

From WBNG News in Binghamton, NY

LIBRARY TO HOLD COMPOSTING PROGRAM FOR YOUTH

Binghamton, NY (WBNG BInghamton) The Broome County Public Library invites youth to participate in The Green Scene, a new monthly program centered on fun environmentally-friendly activities.

On Thursday, March 31, 6:00pm, the activity will be Worm Composting—master composters will teach about composting, and they’ll help set up a compost bin for the Library!

From the SGV Tribune in California

Free gardening workshop offered to Rowland Heights Residents

Attend a free beginner Smart Gardening Workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 19 at Schabarum Regional Park, 17250 E. Colima Road. Learn about backyard composting, worm composting, grass recycling, water-wise gardening and fire-wise gardening.

From Breaking New Grounds in Louisville, KY

Breaking New Grounds, Amazing Green Planet Offer Free Composting Workshop Saturday, March 26

March 18, 2011, Louisville, Ky. – Breaking New Grounds and Amazing Green Planet will partner March 26 to raise awareness about composting and raise funds for the local nonprofit dedicated to economic development through sustainable urban agriculture.

A composting workshop, led by Breaking New Grounds board member Mark Forman, is scheduled for 11 AM on March 26 at Amazing Green Planet in Westport Village, 1301 Herr Lane. Attendees will learn a simple method for composting at home using food-grade 5-gallon buckets, along with some easy-to-follow guidelines for turning their waste into new soil. In addition, Amazing Green Planet will donate 10 percent of the weekend’s sales of all composting equipment to Breaking New Grounds.

No events in your neighborhood this time? If you’re ready to begin worm composting, check out our HOW TO guide here: Begin Composting with Uncle Jims Worm Farm.