News & Updates
From the Rotline: Are All Biodegradable Plastic Containers Compostable?
Feb 19 2020
Q: What is the difference between biodegradable plastics and compostable plastics? A: Plastic that is compostable is biodegradable, but not every plastic that is biodegradable is compostable. Biodegradable plastic may be engineered to biodegrade in soil or water, whereas compostable plastic refers to biodegradation into soil...
Passive or Active Composting: Which is right for you?
Feb 18 2020
When asked what’s keeping folks from starting to compost at home, one of the most common responses is that they lack the time to do it. Time is a precious resource in our modern lives, and living an environmentally-friendly lifestyle often takes extra effort. However, we at Solana Center always try to emphasize that there is a composting...
Winter 2019 Newsletter
Feb 10 2020
Celebrating Winter at Solana Center The end of the calendar year is full of celebration and reflection. As we gather with friends, family and neighbors, we encourage you to plan ahead, use reusable dishes and utensils, and work toward a zero waste ethic. Holidays are the most wasteful time of year; meal planning and preparation can help...
Fall 2019 Newsletter
Feb 10 2020
Solana Center's New Year For many, fall marks the end of summer, while for others, it is the beginning of something new. We're starting this year (fiscal and school) with many new program offerings and school visits. Our educators are excited to offer several Master Composter courses throughout the region and an “On Farm” composting...
3 Ways To Use “Trenching” To Reduce Food Waste
Feb 5 2020
“Trenching” is the act of burying organic waste directly into the ground as an alternative method to traditional, above-ground composting. Do you have food waste but no place to put it? Instead of putting it in the garbage and sending it to the landfill, perhaps try “trenching” as an option! There are three methods to where/how to...
Collect Rainwater Now with a Discounted Rain Barrel from Solana Center
Jan 17 2020
ENCINITAS—Solana Center for Environmental Innovation (Solana Center) and the County of San Diego (County) are offering discounted rain barrels to encourage residents to collect and conserve rainwater. By using a rain barrel, San Diegans can collect up to 50 gallons of water to use later outdoors, reduce runoff to the ocean and save money...
Build Better Soil and Improve Profitability with Regenerative Farming
Jan 2 2020
Changing environmental regulations and increasing water costs are a challenge to the profit margins for San Diego farms and ranches. But current scientific research on regenerating soil health shows that carbon farming in addition to growing cash crops can be beneficial both economically and environmentally, including:
Sifting Compost: What a Fine Idea
Oct 7 2019
Our fervent followers may have noticed and supported our recent trommel fundraising campaign for the Food Cycle program. Thanks to generous donations the trommel was fully funded and is now benefiting Food Cycle “tromm”endously. We are extraordinarily grateful. While our fundraising pitch explained that a trommel can expedite the...