Winter Quarterly Newsletter – 2021

Dear Solana Center Community,

As we head into the last month of 2021, we are excitedly looking forward to the environmental progress the new year will hold. State Bill 1383 is rolling out on January 1, 2022, and will result in more organic material diverted from landfills across the state than ever before. Solana Center is proud to be serving 75% of jurisdictions in the San Diego region with our consulting and education services. We are hopeful about the positive impacts this state legislation and recent County moves to decarbonize will have on our climate. Along with a global and federal focus on environmental issues, this is a dynamic time to be driving environmental progress!

Along with celebration, the end of the year is a distinct time of reflection and goal-setting for the new year. We encourage you to incorporate goals to minimize waste in both your household and your business. For many, food waste is an accessible starting point. Americans generate 25% more waste during the holidays than the rest of the year, but did you know that the average household wastes 32% of their food on a regular basis? My family is constantly looking for ways to get creative with leftovers to prevent waste in our household – it can be a formative learning experience for young children as well! We recently partnered with the City of Encinitas to create a video sharing food waste prevention tips.

As we head into the holidays, keep in mind that shopping locally is an impactful choice for both your community and the environment. Alternatively, if you are ordering through Amazon, designate Solana Center as your AmazonSmile donation recipient for a simple and automatic way to support our environmental work as you do your holiday shopping! Log on to and donate at no additional cost to you. Or better yet, check out our online store which offers many composting materials for curbside pickup. If you are able, please consider a donation to support our ongoing work. Each dollar donated goes directly toward increasing our impact and is greatly appreciated. 

Looking ahead to 2022, the Solana Center Education Team will be offering a 3-week On-Farm Composting Course at a family farm in Escondido. San Diego County has more small farms than any other county making this mid-scale composting education increasingly important. Our popular rain barrel program is also back for the rainy season. Stay tuned as we announce more programs in the early spring season. Wishing everyone a safe and merry holiday season!

Sustainably yours,

Jessica Toth
Executive Director

Depending on the length of your trip, you will likely not need to do anything at all. Even a new population of worms only needs to be monitored every few days to assess how much food was eaten, moisture levels, and whether they need more food.

If you’re planning to go out of town for the holidays this year, regardless of how long your trip may be, read our latest blog post for steps to consider prior to embarking on your adventure.


5 Creative Ways to Source Materials for your Compost Pile

Sometimes when we want to build a compost pile, we either have a disproportionate amount of greens or browns or don’t have enough material. We shared a few ways to find extra organic resources on our blog! 

“I’ve learned so much from the staff at the Solana Center and feel it is important to share the knowledge and experience with others in our community to foster environmental awareness. Volunteering has been rewarding and fun!”

Thank you, Mirta, for your enthusiastic involvement!

Composting on your farm, ranch, or large property is an ideal way to manage crop residues, manures, and other organic waste while creating a stellar soil amendment. During this three-week course, we will address the unique strategies, challenges, and opportunities that arise through medium-scale composting.

Interested but can’t make it this time? Join our March session in Ramona!

Sponsored by the County of San Diego

Growers can receive up to $100,000 to implement practices that build soil while reducing atmospheric greenhouse gases by applying for California’s Healthy Soils Program! Potential applicants can sign up for a 1-on-1 appointment with our staff to receive direct assistance on the application or email for details.

Saving up for a rainy day? Use that fund to take advantage of this limited discount opportunity to collect rainwater. Rainwater is chlorine-free and cost-free making it a great resource to use in your yard and garden through the warm summer months.

Sponsored by Olivenhain Municipal Water District, Carlsbad Municipal Water District, San Dieguito Water District, and Santa Fe Irrigation District

Need help with your composting? We’re here for you. 

Schedule a free consultation with one of our staff composting educators to troubleshoot your compost issues. Unincorporated County of San Diego and City of San Diego residents can easily book a 1:1 meeting.

Generously funded by the County of San Diego and the City of San Diego

As always, everyone is encouraged to give us a call on the Rotline with any compost questions at (760)436-7986 x700, or email

Microgrids Help Communities Become More Climate Resistant
Microgrids are small grids that operate in parallel or independently of the larger electric grid. They have become an important tool to increase community resiliency, allowing the power to flow to critical facilities such as health clinics, schools, or defense bases during a PSPS. Read more about our partner SDG&E’s newest microgrid in San Diego on our blog.

Board of Directors Call for Nominations!

Solana Center is now soliciting nominations for election to the Board of Directors. We hope you will consider this exciting opportunity to contribute to the future of furthering regenerative practices in our region! Email for more details. 

Planning to drop off your Food Cycle community compost bucket or e-waste at our site in Encinitas? 

Take note Solana Center’s store will be closed on the following dates:

Closed – Saturday, December 25, 2021 – Christmas Day
Closed – Saturday, January 1, 2022 – New Years Day

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

This newsletter is made possible through generous support from the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, and the City of Encinitas.