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Queensland worm farmer invents solar power compost machine

Queensland worm farmer invents solar power compost machine | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
A Queensland worm farmer believes she has invented the world's first commercially-produced solar powered compost machine.
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About Rhonda Sherman

About Rhonda Sherman | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
Rhonda Sherman is an extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University, providing leadership for university outreach programs on solid waste management issues through the Cooperative Extension Service. She holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Urban/Regional Planning, and Environmental Resources Analysis with an emphasis in solid waste management.


Vermiculture Technology: Earthworms, Organic Wastes
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The home of Costa's Compost Academy ... filled to the brim with videos, piles of activities and heaps of tips on how to make Compost Rock at your place!
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Growing your produce from your waste: City Harvest

Growing your produce from your waste: City Harvest | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
Joshua Benjamin, executive officer at City Harvest explains how this new organisation can help to tackle the food waste crisis in Australia's foodservice industry.
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IMPACT

IMPACT | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
composting some food waste with every t-shirt you buy!
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Soil Health | NRCS

Soil Health | NRCS | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
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a wealth of easily digested information about the importance of soil - and microbes
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This Time-Lapse Video Of Worms Making Compost Is Awesome

This Time-Lapse Video Of Worms Making Compost Is Awesome | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
Vermicomposting is the process of using worms, usually red wigglers or red earthworms, to break down food waste and other organic material into a nutrient-packed soil supplement. It’s a highly effective and efficient way to compost household food and garden scraps on a small scale. Using it in your garden results in more nutrients available to plants, better soil drainage, and improved soil structure.
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A Queensland macadamia grower is using fermented compost to improve yield and soil health

A Queensland macadamia grower is using fermented compost to improve yield and soil health | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
A Queensland macadamia and lychee grower is encouraging farmers to embrace bio-fertilisers to improve production and yields an reduce nitrogen use.
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Light emitting diodes from food and beverage waste created: Development can offer an environmentally sustainable alternative to current methods

Light emitting diodes from food and beverage waste created: Development can offer an environmentally sustainable alternative to current methods | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are widely used for a variety of applications and have been a popular, more efficient alternative to fluorescent and incandescent bulbs for the past few decades. Two University of Utah researchers have now found a way to create LEDs from food and beverage waste. In addition to utilizing food and beverage waste that would otherwise decompose and be of no use, this development can also reduce potentially harmful waste from LEDs generally made from toxic elements.
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I can't believe they actually say "food and beverage waste that would otherwise decompose and be of no use"!!!!!!!

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Compost Crops- Green Manure - TheSeedCollection

Compost Crops- Green Manure - TheSeedCollection | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
What it is: Green compost is also known as green manure. Green composting is a way to enrich the soil by planting nitrogen giving and nutrient dense crops. The crop is gently tilled into the soil when it is almost ready to harvest, usually just before it flowers. It is then left for about six weeks before another crop is planted into that area. Who uses a green composting method? Green composting such as this is an ancient gardening method. This type of gardening was used by the ancient Greeks who ploughed broad beans back into the soil. Chinese used grasses and weeds and early Americans called it the “fallow” cycle. Many organic farmers prefer to use this method as it is a natural way of gardening. Gardeners who are serious about being sustainable, organic and biodynamic will devote a good percentage of their garden to the green composting method. Another name for this type of gardening is to plant a cover crop. Some large scale organic farmers even use this technique to enrich their soil without the expense of buying nutrients or the risk of adding toxins to their soil. When and Why to plant a Green Compost Crop If your soil is looking old and tired. If when you pick up a handful of soil it is not dark brown and crumbly. If you have recently had a bumper crop that may have taken all the goodness out of the soil. The green compost crop is allows that plot of land to rest and recuperate as well as regaining much needed nutrients. If your garden has not been performing as well as it did in the past. There is nothing else to grow at that time due to the season or life circumstances. That is always a good time to plant out a green composting plot. You can then let it look after itself for most of the time. To prevent loss of topsoil if you are not planning on planting an edible crop in that area for a while. Suppresses weeds when your garden would otherwise be inactive. Feeds earthworms and soil organisms. Frogs and beetles thrive in cover crops and eat pests. The Science behind Green Composting Plants are chosen for their ability to enrich the soil in some way. Different crops have different benefits. Composting crops give off nutritional gasses that enrich the soil and create an environment very beneficial to the good bacteria and bugs in the soil. Growing compost crops adds nitrogen back into the soil. The nitrogen is added in a symbiotic manner from good bacteria (nitrogen fixing) that attach themselves to the root nodules of the plant. Green manure also enriches the soil with many other nutrients and minerals, such as: potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and sulphur. The roots go deep down into the soil, aerating and tilling the soil naturally. The deep roots enable nutrients and minerals that have been stored deeper in the earth, to come up to the topsoil. At the same time they are building canals for the water to flow through for the subsequent crops. This supports the roots to grow deeper and stronger, helping them to be more pest and disease resilient. Alfalfa, for example, can send roots down 18 meters! As the root goes further into the ground it actually brings more goodness up from the deep earth to not only nourish the compost crop but crops grown in the soil afterwards. Another great benefit to the deep rooting system is water retention. I am sure we have all had the problem of losing water from a good rain as it runs off the dry earth before it can soak in. I have even set up a system in the vertical gardens – running pipes with drilled holes in them down through the garden to water all the way down. The deep root composting system works in a similar fashion Above: Garden bed of mustard almost ready to be tilled into the soil. Best Composting Crops: Amaranth, Quinoa and Millet - are all said to be good as cover crops but information about their specific benefits is scarce (except that they are all highly nutritious as a food!) Buckwheat – Great foliage and good weed control. Fenugreek - Germinates in cold soils, adds nitrogen and loosens heavy clay soils. Controls weeds. Legumes (clover, lucerne/alfalfa, peas and a variety of beans) - Adds a large amount of foliage, nitrogen and other nutrients. Attracts beneficial insects. Lucerne/Alfalfa is the best for root depth Lupin - Accumulates nitrogen and phosphorus. Flowers attract bees and other beneficial insects. Mustard – Attracts beneficial insects. Large amount of foliage. Known to suppress fungal disease and control nematodes. Follow after a potato crop to eradicate wireworm. Oats - Helps control nematodes, produces a lot of organic matter. Sorghum – Grows in drier areas, lots of foliage, holds dirt in well. Hopefully you now have a better understanding of why compost crops are important. Next time you see an empty spot in your garden – why not plant a cover crop yourself? Browse our range of green manure seeds here.
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some useful info on cover crops - which help with carbon storage

 

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October 1 - California Air Resources Board Proposes Phaseout of Organic Waste Disposal by 2025

October 1 - California Air Resources Board Proposes Phaseout of Organic Waste Disposal by 2025 | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
In a historic move, the California Air Resources Board has announced a
regulatory strategy to reduce short-lived climate pollutants, such as
methane, black carbon, and f-gases. This proposal includes the adoption of
regulations by 2018 to effectively eliminate the landfilling of food
scraps, yard trimmings and other organic waste by 2025.

According to the plan, “eliminating the disposal of organics in landfills
as part of a broad effort to put California’s organic waste streams to
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OrganicStream.org - Organic 'Waste' meets Online Education

OrganicStream.org - Organic 'Waste' meets Online Education | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
The Organic Stream offers free online education on collecting and recycling the organic ‘waste’ generated by our communities, businesses and agriculture.
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BLOG: Australia’s Freshcare Food Safety Compliant Compost Project

BLOG: Australia’s Freshcare Food Safety Compliant Compost Project | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
MRA Consulting’s Virginia Brunton explains the implications of recent changes to the Freshcare Code of Practice for Australian compost producers…
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Worm Farm

Worm Farm | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
Find and save ideas about Worm Farm on Pinterest, the world's catalogue of ideas. | See more about Worm Composting, Compost and Composting Bins.
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UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only Way to Feed the World | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system.
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The Hidden World of Soil Under Our Feet

The Hidden World of Soil Under Our Feet | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
Scientists are working hard to understand the life that teems within our soil and that is threatened by farming and development.
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ConnectWeb - Healesville Hotel First Regional Restaurant To Close The Loop On Food Waste

ConnectWeb - Healesville Hotel First Regional Restaurant To Close The Loop On Food Waste | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
This is old news, but news to me
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HOW TO: Use Naturemill's Metro Composter to compost indoors without the odor

HOW TO: Use Naturemill's Metro Composter to compost indoors without the odor | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
We sense the curiosity about indoor products that will quickly turn scraps into nutrient rich soil, so we are taking away the mystery by documenting our step-by-step account to set up a NatureMill Metro automatic composter.
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Wanted: Wasteful restaurants for composting trial

Wanted: Wasteful restaurants for composting trial | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
A local company is hoping to convert food waste from restaurants into compost for city vegie patches.
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I saw this 2 years ago but missed that the Austin hospital is involved.

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Practical Plan For Hospital Food Waste Recovery « « BioCycle BioCycle

Practical Plan For Hospital Food Waste Recovery « « BioCycle BioCycle | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
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a great article

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Composting 101: What Is Compost? - Bonnie Plants

Composting 101: What Is Compost? - Bonnie Plants | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
Composting is a natural process that transforms waste into a rich soil additive. Compost has many benefits for your garden soil, and increased soil fertility equals more bountiful plants in your herb or vegetable garden.
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interesting definition of the difference between compost and fertiliser

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Floating Garden Cleans As It Grows In The Most Polluted Waterway in US

Floating Garden Cleans As It Grows In The Most Polluted Waterway in US | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
The Gowanus Canal has been polluted by garbage and industrial waste for years, but now a floating garden called "GrowOnUs" is filtering the river as it blooms.
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Charles's comment, October 29, 2015 9:03 AM
A good example of phytoremediation - plants cleaning up after industry.
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In-kitchen worm farm design

In-kitchen worm farm design | compost for food production from food scraps | Scoop.it
Ok perhaps I'm having a rabidly bright-green moment, but i rekon this artwork is pretty cool. An in-kitchen wormfarm, with built in chopping board! Nutrien
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