Home composting of yard waste and select kitchen waste takes materials that could wind up in a landfill and converts it into compost, a useful product for our South Florida gardens. It also avoids the energy and carbon emissions associated with transportation of this material to a centralized final disposal site. Anything that was a plant can be composted!
Simple Tips for Home Composting
• Two bins are best. Gather dry material and coffee ground. Never throw coffee grounds again, bring it to the market if you do not compost….yet!
• When the first bin is full, let it rest. Meanwhile starting filling the second bin.
• Don’t forget to add your brown material. If the compost smells it means there is not enough dry material!
• You can add red wriggler worms to help the composting process as well.
• You can use tools to drills air holes in the compost. It helps the process, the compost doesn’t need to be turned.
• Drill holes all over the compost bins for aeration.
• Collect and use coffee grounds for your compost, ask your coffee shop to give you their leftover coffee grounds.
Books to Read
Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm Cookbook is your guide to enjoying over 90 different crops grown by community-supported agriculture (CSA) farms across North America. With this book, you’ll never wonder what to do with your CSA box again. This is a comprehensive resource, whether you get your produce from a CSA box, farmers market, or grocery store. Arranged by season, Bounty from the Box contains over 350 delicious recipes—many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. Each crop features extensive information on nutrition, selection, storage, cleaning, cooking techniques, and serving ideas. Far more than just a cookbook, Bounty also gives readers deep insight into what it takes to get food from seed to plate. It showcases exceptional American CSA farms that strengthen their communities by providing not just food but also employment, education, housing, environmental stewardship, compassion, and hope. And dozens of essays explore topics about farming, food politics, cooking, and nutrition. Get a signed copy at our Market Information Tent or order one here!
From the cover: “Steven M. Druker is a public interest attorney who initiated a lawsuit that forced the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to divulge its files on genetically engineered foods.” If you are wondering how “genetically modified” foods came to be this book is a must. The author writes clearly, the text is very accessible. From the Introduction: “In early 1996, I did something few Americans were then doing: I decided to learn the facts about the massive venture to restructure the genetic core of the world’s food supply. And the more I learned, the more I became concerned.” An interesting contribution to the ongoing conversation.