From the Rotline: Are Mushrooms Bad for my Compost Bin?
Feb 19 2019
Fear not! Fungi are essential players in a functioning vermi-compost system. They are part of the food chain going on in your bin; while we often think that worms are directly eating our food waste, what they’re really after are the microorganisms that digest our food. This includes bacteria, which can break down simple carbon compounds like sugars; fungi...
Composting with Worms: Wiggling into Winter
Feb 18 2019
Temperature is incredibly important to the productivity and livelihood of worms. Just like us, worms are happiest in moderate temperatures, so they may also need some help to thrive during the cooler months. Fortunately, most of San Diego County rarely experiences freezing temperatures, which can be deadly to worms. After all, they’re mostly water!...
Master Composter Class Tours Compost Facility, Family Dairy
Nov 19 2018
Students in Solana Center’s Fall Master Composter course, sponsored by the County of San Diego, were treated to an excellent example of how composting can solve local waste issues during a field trip on November 3rd. The class visited San Pasqual Valley Soils and Konyn Dairy, adjacent businesses that partner together to make the most of organic materials....
Is it Possible to Manage Weeds Without Toxic Chemicals?
Nov 16 2018
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 gardens. For more information on edible weeds go to UC...
It's Time to Install Your Rain Barrel
Oct 20 2018
Did you know that rainwater is the best water for plants? Though San Diego’s average rainfall is less than 12 inches a year, a rain barrel configured to receive water from your home’s downspouts can help you store up to 50 gallons of free, untreated water on your property. Think about misty mornings too. Water can collect on the roof overnight and...
Curious about composting? Let us help!
Jul 3 2018
Solana Center for Environmental Innovation was thrilled to work with the County of San Diego to help introduce the basics of composting in this new video. If you don't know where to start with composting, Jeff, one of our composting experts, can help you get started! Once you feel that you are ready to start composting, come check out one of our...
Take Your Family on Our Eco Adventure at the Fair!
Jun 25 2018
There's still time to enjoy our San Diego County Fair festivities at the In-Field Farm! We're offering fun, educational, ecology-themed activities at our expanded composting booth, Eco Container, and the new Eco Adventure. Thanks to our sponsors, all activities are FREE with Fair admission. Kids can plant seeds, race worms, go on our new farm-wide Eco...
Environmental Educator Reports from Brazil
May 29 2018
Environmental Educator, Larissa Amaral is a certified Master Composter and is currently getting her BA in Sustainability and minoring in Management at San Diego State University. She is currently studying abroad on the island of Florianopolis, Brazil.
Volunteer Spotlight - Lucas Kurlan
May 28 2018
What is your background in sustainability? I have always cared about the natural world. In high school, I was deeply involved in an environmental club, as well as having been and continuing to be engaged in local politics. I have spent a lot of time teaching myself about environmental issues, and am a staunch advocate for reducing light pollution, designing...
Easy Ways to Rat-Proof Your Compost Bin
May 28 2018
A common misconception and one we are often asked about is whether composting will attract rats. Rats are quite prevalent in San Diego, particularly roof (or tree) rats. Palm tree and other dense vegetation (bougainvillea, honeysuckle) provide ideal habitats. Food is often supplied from fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and bird feeders. Compost bins are...