News & Updates
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...
Solana Center offering discounted rain barrels for as low as $25
Sep 25 2019
Pre-order online by 10/13 for pick up at Fallbrook Mission Resource Conservation District event on 10/19 or Solana Center in Encinitas ENCINITAS – Solana Center for Environmental Innovation (Solana Center), in collaboration with the County of San Diego and SoCalWaterSmart, is offering rain barrels to San Diego County residents for a...
Solana Center, County Offering Discounted Rain Barrels To San Diegans
Sep 20 2019
Now is the perfect time to purchase and install a rain barrel. A rain barrel keeps water that falls or collects on your property from leaving, transporting pollutants to creeks, streams, waterways and, ultimately, the ocean through runoff. Keeping the water on your property also benefits the soil. If situated properly, rain barrels take...
How to improve aeration in your backyard compost bin
Sep 12 2019
An ample supply of oxygen is key to the success of your backyard compost bin. Decomposer microbes need oxygen for their metabolic functions to operate efficiently. Without access to oxygen, some microbes die and others switch to a different form of metabolism, anaerobic (without air) respiration. This has a few negative consequences: ...
Why do I need bedding in my worm bin? Can't I just feed them food scraps?
Aug 19 2019
Q: Why do I need bedding in my worm bin? Is it okay if I just give the worms my food scraps? A: Bedding, which can be made of shredded paper, coconut coir, cured manure, or dry leaves, is an absolute necessity in your worm bin. Supplying your wiggly workers with bedding has a number of benefits: Bedding provides a light, fluffy medium...
From the Rotline: Do red wigglers belong in my backyard compost bin?
Aug 10 2019
Q: Should I put red wiggler worms in my backyard compost bin? A: This is a question that comes up often when folks visit our store to purchase composting worms, and we often have to urge folks not to add worms to their backyard bin. The reason lies in the fundamental differences between traditional (backyard) composting and...
What is “Trenching” and How Does it Reduce Food Waste?
Jul 12 2019
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. We worked with volunteers and trenched food waste directly into the ground using extra buckets of Bokashied food scraps from Solana Center’s Food Cycle program. The result: healthy soil...
All Five Applicants Provided with Technical Assistance by Solana Center Receive Funding Approval from State of California Healthy Soils Program
Jun 19 2019
For Immediate Release: June 19, 2019 Contact: Noelle Collins Funding to offset greenhouse gas emissions, prevent erosion and improve soil quality
Fifteen Horses on a Farm Outside Frankfurt
Jun 10 2019
A compost story shared by Peter Ash. There’s no question that composting requires physical labor. Composting the manure of 15 horses in Frankfurt was intended to be done on a farm with a tractor to remediate soil that had previously been leased to a farmer using chemicals. The land transformation has instead taken place using a...