We already knew that composting is key for fighting climate change as one of the major forms of recycling worldwide, but new research is adding to the ever-growing list of reasons to compost. A 19-year study found that compost in agricultural use helps the soil store carbon, thereby reducing the atmospheric carbon that contributes to climate change.
Whether you are a backyard gardener or industrial-scale farmer, compost is not only the best way to fertilize your plants, it’s also the best way to help the environment.
Cold Creek is always interested in the cutting edge of compost research and technology. We’re always happy to discuss the science behind compost with our customers as well.
We recently came across an informative research paper published by the Environmental Research and Innovation Center at the University of Wisconson, Oshkosh. The paper breaks down the different salts in compost, their importance for plant growth, and methods for testing salt content in soils. There’s a lot more to it than whether a soil is too “salty” or not! Read the paper to learn more.
We found the paper at the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation. Check out their website for lots of other information about compost and what makes it great!
Cold Creek Compost was a proud participant at this year’s Ag Days held by the Sonoma County Farm Bureau.
Ag Days was a great opportunity for Cold Creek Compost to educate and excite kids is Sonoma County about the possibilities of compost. Our booth featured a display of our ingredients and information about how to use compost.
See the photos below to admire Shannon’s artful booth decorations and see some happy kids learning about compost from Martin.
The Washington Post recently published an in-depth article on the massive amount of waste the world produces. Watch the video to see just how incredible the world’s garbage piles are. By diverting tens of thousands of tons from landfills annually, Cold Creek is proudly doing its part to keep us from drowning in waste. You can do your part, too, by being conscious about what you throw away and making sure to use your recycling bins correctly.
In light of Congressman Huffman’s visit, Cold Creek is proud to be featured in the Ukiah Daily Journal and the Willits News. This time, the subject is expanding the facility to recycle even more of Northern California’s organic material. Find the article at the Ukiah Daily Journal‘s website.
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!