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Composting in bear country

Adapted from Steamboat Today Landfills are not designed to breakdown organic waste. When organic material like food waste goes in the landfill, it breaks down anaerobically, and the result is methane, a greenhouse gas 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over the short term. So, naturally, composting sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? Instead […]

Wasting food wastes everything

Article adapted from Steamboat Pilot Written by Cameron Hawkins, YVSC Did you know an average family throws 40 percent of its food away, wasting approximately $1,500 every year? What if you could buy only what you need at the grocery store, save money and have less food waste? This year, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is […]

Sustainability Council targets needless household food waste in 2017

Article adapted from the Steamboat Today article by Tom Ross When the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council prepares a hearty soup for the community in mid 2017, it promises to be instructional as well as flavorful, as it makes an important point about food waste. Anne Mudgett, YVSC’s Program and Development Director, said Dec. 7 during the […]

Food Recovery Network Certification

According to the Food Recovery Network 150,000 pounds of food are wasted in restaurants and 133 billion pounds across the nation (EPA, 2015) annually, while 50 million Americans are food insecure (1 in 5 children). The Food Recovery Network’s mission is to “shift the norm from food waste to food recovery.” Food businesses (restaurants, grocery […]

Compost Tea Talk with David Bernhardt of Biorganix

from our partners at Elkstone: Terry Huffington |  Elkstone Farm  |   970.846.1129  |   terry@elkstonefarm.com Elkstone Farm is having David Bernhardt, owner of Biorganix in Carbondale, visit our farm to brew and apply his recipe for compost tea.  He’ll be applying it inside our greenhouse as well as around outside garden areas. I’m also looking forward […]

Zero Hero Living: Composting

As you all know, our Zero Waste program is about promoting the reduction of waste and the diversion of resources from the landfill. All organic matter is compostable and those of us lucky enough to live in Routt County have access to an industrial composting facility known as Twin Enviro Services, our local landfill, aka […]

Winterize your garden with TwinGro!

If you haven’t ordered some already, you can pick up a small load of TwinGro compost (locally-formulated with local ingredients!) at the Community Recycles Drop-Off Day tomorrow! TwinGro Compost will be for sale, dirt cheap, so bring a bucket to capture some of this brown gold for mixing into your garden’s soil through winter; it’ll […]

Talking Green Garden Tour huge success!

Over 35 participants meandered the downtown streets of Steamboat with us this past Tuesday to visit with 2 residential garden owners and the community garden, while also listening to experts speak on the subjects of Permaculture (Mary O’Brien), Water Conservation (Chris Zuschlag), and Vermiculture (Chris Bradley). If you missed this great day, TV18 was also […]

Learn How to Go Zero!

This May 8th and 9th from 10am-12pm Zero Waste Coordinator Carol Lacey will be training locals on how to “Go Zero.” Businesses and individuals are invited to come learn how to make their home or work Zero Waste and how to host their own Zero Waste Event, what supplies to order, how to coordinate compost […]