One of our favorite holidays is this week! The first full week of May is International Compost Awareness week. So if you weren’t aware of compost, now’s your chance. Check out kisstheground.com for a quick rundown of compost and its awesome potential. You might even be lucky enough to win the $2,000 giveaway…
If you hadn’t noticed, Americans produce a lot of garbage. A whole lot of garbage. This interactive article from saveonenergy.com points out just how much garbage we make and where it goes. The article’s visualizations make the massive amount of garbage we produce easy to understand.
The point is simple: throw less stuff away! One of the conclusions the article makes is that American’s should
Compost your food scraps and yard waste whenever possible. Cold Creek Compost is proud to have made such composting possible for most of the surrounding cities and counties, but more can be done. We are striving for a future where composting not only accessible to everyone, but where composting is “the norm” when it comes to disposing of America’s waste.
Reduce, reuse, then recycle. It’s important to remember to follow these guidelines in that order. As much as we love composting your food waste here at Cold Creek Compost, we want to remind you that it’s even better if your food scraps never make it to the garbage can at all.
A huge portion of America’s food waste is perfectly good food that just couldn’t find a hungry mouth to feed before it ended up in the trash. We’ve stumbled across a few apps, aimed at businesses as well as families, that can help reduce the amount of food that gets thrown out. These apps help make the most of our food, and one was even developed by a seventh-grader! Check it out at waste360.com.
Below: Happy Holidays from Cold Creek, but don’t let your Christmas leftovers go to waste!
Cold Creek Compost is a proud donor to the Gardens Project of Mendocino County. We’ve been providing compost to their gardens throughout the county since their inception.
The Gardens Project supports the development of community-based gardens in Lake and Mendocino Counties, emphasizing local and organic produce. They also work with the community and schools to promote the spread of nutrition and garden knowledge. For those interested, there are lots of ways to get involved and help the community with the gardens project. Learn more at gardensproject.org
Below: Cold Creek compost being applied to a Ukiah garden, and then the results below
Right: We can’t guarantee corn stalks this big, but our compost certainly helps!
Below Right: Martin on a tour of the gardens
Cold Creek is in the news! KZYX featured a story on the recent move by Willits to compost food waste and included an interview with Cold Creek’s owner Martin Mileck. The program highlights Cold Creek’s ongoing work to develop the recycling and composting industry so that more waste can be diverted from landfills. Cold Creek, with the help of public pressure, has helped change the waste paradigm in Mendocino County, where food waste composting is steadily becoming the norm.
Oh, and sorry we’re late, but Happy Fourth of July!
Our Spring planting is well underway here at Cold Creek, and hopefully you’re not far behind. We’ve got piles and piles of fertilizer here ready for plants. This year, we have our newest addition based on popular custom blends. Our Growers Choice Elite is a blend of our Growers Choice Plus with additional bat guano, coco coir, kelp meal, green sand, glacial rock dust, and micorrhizae. We’ve planted a number of crops in it here at our garden, and we’re expecting a bountiful harvest. Don’t hesitate to call us and place your order today!
We know it’s early, but Spring is coming soon, and if you’re a planner you might already be thinking about this year’s home garden. You might also be thinking about which fertilizer will help you grow the biggest crop of tomatoes, corn, or grapes on the block. Our product has been refined over our 30 years of business to give you the most bang for your buck, whether you’re using our organic compost as a top-dress, or our planter mix for direct planting.
If you’re wondering how to use compost in your garden, check our faqs.
If you know exactly what you need, give us a call and order a custom blend. This season we’ll be stocking all of the most popular ingredients such as bat guano, coco coir, kelp meal, perlite, and many more.
In a recent report, the EPA found that 21% of the municipal waste stream in the US is made up of food waste. That’s the largest segment of all waste types generated, greater than paper and even plastic! Luckily, the composting of food waste is a steadily growing practice in much of the developed world. India’s capital city of New Delhi has recently implemented a technological initiative to recycle its food waste. However, many California municipalities are behind the times. If India can do it, so can we! Cold Creek is working hard with local governments to develop food recycling programs in Mendocino and neighboring counties.
See the EPA report: www.epa.gov
Read more about New Delhi’s program: www.iamin.in
Image courtesy of epa.gov
One of Cold Creek’s trucks was recently featured in a music video by the band Northern Traditionz. Northern Tranditionz is a country band out of Chico in the process of recording their second album. Shout out to our truck drivers and our local musical talent. See the band’s profile at Reverb Nation. Note the red M&M Feed truck at 0:53 in the video below.
Compost is making headlines. SF Gate and SustainableBusiness.com have both published articles on the carbon-locking qualities of compost. They cite a University of California, Berkeley study highlighting the many benefits of compost when it comes to greenhouse gases and sustainable agriculture. Not only is compost the best fertilizer for your crops, it’s also the best fertilizer for your community and the world. Find the articles at SFGate and SustainableBusiness.com.