Toast to Compost 2024

June 23rd, 2024: A great time was had by all at our annual Toast to Compost volunteer appreciation party! We gathered at the Center for brunch, games, and special recognition. We are so grateful to ALL of you who give generously of your time and skills to make the work we do possible.

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2024 Press

The Coast News: Solana Center challenges EPA’s food waste model, June 2024 Encinitas Advocate: Solana Center hosts panel discussion about ‘climate crisis impact,’ June 2024 The Coast News: Solana Center celebrates 40 years of promoting sustainability, May 2024 Encinitas Advocate: Solana Center’s ‘Waste to Wonder’ event celebrates 40 years of positive change, April 2024 Dr. Bronner’s All-One Blog: How to…

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Top Three Reasons to Become a Master Composter

Blog Post by Master Composter Graduate, Tammy Churchill.  When I registered for the Master Composter Course in early 2020, I did not have much experience composting, as my neglected passive pile would gladly attest. Composting was something I was interested in: I’d moved into a new house with plenty of room for growing vegetables, and…

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Summer Quarterly Newsletter – 2024

Dear friend of the Earth, Do you work for or manage a food-generating business? Check out our FREE food waste prevention webinar TODAY from 2 – 3 p.m. to learn how you can safely donate food and send inedible food to be composted or anaerobically digested. Plus, the average food-generating business saves money by investing in food loss and…

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Climate Solutions: Save Water This Summer With Compost!

In Southern California, it is critical that we conserve water. A great way to tackle the water challenge is to incorporate compost into your summer garden and landscape. In addition to providing valuable nutrients, compost has been proven to increase soil’s water retention capacity. Here are a couple of ways to incorporate compost into your garden…

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How Do Tumbler Compost Bins Work?

Tumblers are composting bins that are manually flipped, spun, rolled or crank-turned for aeration, depending on the style. These bins do not require turning with a pitchfork or auger, instead, the entire compost bin is turned for aeration. There are several variations on this theme. Spinning Tumbler This tumbler is spun around a central axis.…

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Climate Solutions: How to Manage Weeds Without Toxic Chemicals

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. — Ralph Waldo Emerson Before discussing how to eliminate weeds, there are some common weeds that are both edible and nutritious. Harvesting free greens from our gardens is one way to approach the plants we did not intend to have in our…

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Climate Solutions: What Is the Right Moisture Content for My Worm Bin?

Moisture content is very important when composting with worms. This is because your red wigglers breathe through their skin and need appropriate moisture to do so. Often times the materials you add will give your bin moisture, but you will likely still need to add water to obtain the appropriate amount (especially with warmer weather).…

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Climate Solutions: How to Manage Bee Swarms in Your Compost Bin

Bee swarm in compost garden

What Should You Do First? Many of us know that bees serve a vital role in the environment as pollinators, and that their populations have seen a concerning decline in recent years. However, it can still be alarming when a swarm of honeybees chooses to land around our home– including the inside of a compost…

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Waste to Wonder: Celebrating 40 Years of Solana Center

May 11, 2024 What a wonderful evening of connection, reunion, conviction, history and hope. Thank you one and all for attending Waste to Wonder the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Solana Center for Environmental Innovation at the Encinitas Community Center. photo credit: Brooke Raines Our celebration felt the absence of members of the Solana Center community…

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