How to get started with composting

Posted on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 by

Learn the basics to composting — it’s easier than you think! Composting helps shrink our landfills, and the results are great for your garden and the planet. The trick is to know your “greens” from your “browns” and how to layer them properly to help the pile decompose

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Food Composting

Posted on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 by

Nearly half of the solid waste produced globally is organic or biodegradable. Much of it ends up in landfills; there, it decomposes in the absence of oxygen and produces the greenhouse gas methane, which is up to 34 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a century. While many landfills have some form of methane […]

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Compost Use in Agriculture

Posted on Friday, June 9th, 2017 by

Use of composted manures and plant materials in farming has a history almost as long as farming itself. California farmers enjoy access to high-quality compost and mulch products from a variety of feedstocks virtually everywhere in the state. California compost facilities permitted in accordance with state law and CalRecycle regulations, and inspected by our network of local enforcement […]

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Can Dirt Save the Earth?

Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 by

When John Wick and his wife, Peggy Rathmann, bought their ranch in Marin County, Calif., in 1998, it was mostly because they needed more space. Rathmann is an acclaimed children’s book author — “Officer Buckle and Gloria” won a Caldecott Medal in 1996 — and their apartment in San Francisco had become cluttered with her […]

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Scientists harvest the first ever Antarctic vegetables

Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 by

Fresh, local produce might have seemed like an impossibility in Antarctica — until now. The experimental greenhouse EDEN-ISS at Alfred Wegener Institute‘s Neumayer-Station III recently harvested their first crops: 18 cucumbers, 70 radishes, and nearly eight pounds of lettuce. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) described this achievement as the “first harvested Antarctic salad.” The EDEN-ISS indoor farm serves two purposes: first, to provide fresh produce for the Neumayer-Station […]

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Turning desert to fertile farmland on the Loess Plateau

Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 by

Around 3,000 years ago, farmers settled on the fertile Loess Plateau in western China, a region about the size of France. By the 7th century, the rich soils were feeding about one quarter of the Chinese population. But intense pressure on the land eroded the soil. By the 20th century, desertification had condemned the remaining […]

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“Transforming The Food System Is Key”

Posted on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 by

Two scholars, from Haiti and Brazil, discuss the global solidarity that forms between states who have faced similar oppressions. Food sovereignty is a necessary part of resistance movements in the Global South, they say, because it gets to the heart of Western imperialism and occupation. Thanks to the Vera List Center. This interview was filmed […]

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How trees, fungi, and bacteria team up against pollution

Posted on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 by

Roots, fungi, and bacteria may team up to help some trees to clean polluted land, according to a new study. Fast-growing trees, such as willows, are known to tolerate and even rejuvenate soil contaminated with petroleum by-products or heavy metals. The clean-up of soil in this way is known as phytoremediation, a process is commonly […]

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Millions of Chinese farmers reap benefits of huge crop experiment

Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2018 by

Rice farmers in China increased their crop yields when they adopted new evidence-based farming practices.Credit: KeystoneUSA-ZUMA/REX/Shutterstock A landmark project to make agriculture more sustainable in China has significantly cut fertilizer use while boosting crop yields on millions of small farms across the country, researchers report in Nature1. As part of a decade-long study, scientists […]

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Farmer-scientists driving social change

Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2018 by

On a brilliant day in July, twenty-some years ago, I stood ankle-deep in the cool mud of a fragrant rice field in central Thailand, listening to the farmers around me discuss the bugs on the plants (were these “satru puut” or “satru thammachat”? pests or natural enemies?), and whether or not the Nitrogen-fixing aquatic Azolla they had […]

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