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Compost 101 Workshop

Composting is not complicated so come learn in this composting workshop all the basics and easy ways of composting, How to reduce food waste with a compost Learn the different kinds of composts and which one might be best for you What is compostable and what is not Learn about …

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Twenty-Five Tips on How to Save Money by Going Green

By Larraine Roulston: Choosing to “Go Green” will result in a lighter eco-footprint and be easier on your wallet. There may be some initial expenses to upgrade your insulation or to acquire energy/water saving devices; however, in the long run they will save you money. Ensure that your home is well insulated by …

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How to Overcome Common Compost Problems

By Larraine Roulston: In countries that are still experiencing snow, the only compost issue that will arise is that a composter may fill to the top before spring. If this is occurring, try putting insulation around the unit or obtain a second composter. During the cold season, the composting process slows down; however, once …

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Waste—A Huge Problem in the World

By Fredrica Syren: We’re drowning in waste! Yes, you read that right. The fact is that all over the world, we create more than 3.5 million tons of trash … a day! And, sadly, that number is growing. And it is 10 times greater than it was 10 years ago. …

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Living an Environmentally Conscious Life

By Fredrica Syren: A very important step in living a green and eco-friendly life is to start learning basic information: what is in the things you buy, and where it comes from. That has been eye-opening for me. Once I started reading ingredients lists to learn what is in every …

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Celebrating Waste Reduction Week

By Larraine Roulston: This month celebrates Waste Reduction Week (WRW). In Canada, the event falls during October 16-22. The UK gears up for its European Week for Waste Reduction during November 18-26. These annual events promote building environmental awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption. It is a week of education and events demonstrating methods of how to …

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Making Compost Tea

By Larraine Roulston: Layering fruit/vegetable peelings with dry yard trimmings makes a great soil conditioner to enhance your garden. When soil is healthy, the helpful microbes greatly outnumber the harmful ones and keep them under control. Finished compost not only feeds the good microbes by increasing their numbers and diversity but also eliminates the …

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Announcing International Compost Awareness Week

By Larraine Roulston: To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 7-13, composting councils are once again spreading the composting message. Established in Canada in1995, ICAW falls annually during the first full week of May. By 2001, the UK Composting Association, the U.S. Composting Council and Canada joined forces. Each year a theme is …

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Curbside Composting — A Must for Every City

By Larraine Roulston: For the past three decades, creating compost has spread in popularity beyond dedicated gardeners. During the 1990s, enthusiasm grew when municipalities began offering subsidized backyard composters; however, not all residents were keen to experiment, and others had little or no yard space. When sales of composting units began to plateau, city councilors looked …

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My “Punny’’ Valentine

By Larraine Roulston : February hosts the seasonal event when children’s Valentine books and boxes of cut-out cards line the store shelves. Most of these cards will include puns or clichés like these: tigers roaring, “You’re Grrrreat”; cuddly kittens meowing, “You’re Just Purrfect for Me”; and squirrelschattering, “I’m Nuts Over You.”  For children and adults who love to utilize paper, scissors, glue, crayons, lace or red wool, it’s …

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