News & Updates
International Composting Awareness Week | May 3 - 9
May 3 2020
Today marks the start of International Composting Awareness Week! Organized by the US Council for Composting, this is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry and has been celebrated nationwide each year during the first full week of May for 25 years. This year's theme for 2020 is Soil Loves Compost...
What Do Expiration Dates On Food Really Mean?
Apr 20 2020
Have you ever found your self wondering about the “best by” date on food items? Are they still safe to eat even though the date has passed? How long will your favorite food or beverage stay safe? Surprisingly, the answer is not on the date label. Most date labels tell you about food quality, not safety. We suggest using your senses and...
Earth Day - 50 Years And Counting!
Apr 18 2020
It hardly seems feasible that it’s been 50 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated. And today, even in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, its scope and importance continues to grow. Earth Day History In 1970, the inspiration for Earth Day began right here in California, when Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson witnessed the damage...
4 Tips For Processing Your Organics at Home
Mar 26 2020
Knowing Food Cycle is so important to many and helps prevent thousands of pounds of food scraps from going to landfills, we wanted to share four ways you can process your food waste at your home during the interim period when our Food Cycle program was on hold.
COVID-19 Related Updates from Solana Center
Mar 17 2020
*** Update as of April 23 *** We are excited to announce the re-opening of the Food Cycle program Thursday, April 23rd! With the current state of the COVID pandemic and the continued social distancing measures, we will be modifying our procedures for bucket exchange services so we can continue to collect your scraps safely and within...
Spring 2020 Newsletter
Mar 3 2020
Spring is in the Air at Solana Center We’re 62 days into 2020 and I’m proud to share the team at Solana Center has already successfully launched a new program for the tiniest earth stewards, Solana Seedlings, and hosted 11 environmental education workshops teaching about composting and water conservation.
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...