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Fall 2019 Newsletter

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 workshop series. And this year we will be reaching even more schools with compost and recycling education. 

The Food Cycle drop-off program is bursting at the seams, turning food scraps into healthy soils. We currently have limited Food Cycle spots for Del Mar residents and will soon be adding spaces in the program for others in San Diego County. Fill out the Food Cycle interest form for more information. Also, Less to Landfill waste audits and consulting are available to organizations and businesses in some cities, at no cost. Contact us to learn more about Less to Landfill.

We are honored to be recognized by the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) with the Dave Hardy award for Leadership in Organics. We were recognized for our work returning nutrients to the soil, having an impact on reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill and returning carbon to the soil instead of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Before long, sorting into the organic waste bin will be second nature for our children, just as the blue recycling bin has become today.

Thanks to growing donor support, including the Parker Foundation, City National Bank, Ford, and the County of San Diego, our internal processes are becoming more efficient. This summer, we built the Trommel sifter, which was entirely funded by individual donations. Thank you for responding to the call for donations with your hard earned dollars!

We are off to an excellent start to our new year.

Resourcefully,

Jessica


From the Rotline: What is Trenching?

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 to trench food waste directly into the ground using extra buckets of Bokashied food scraps from Solana Center’s Food Cycle program. The result: healthy soil.

Trenching is the act of burying organic waste directly into the ground as an alternative method to traditional, above-ground composting. 

Read more...

 


Q: Do red wigglers belong 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 vermicomposting.

Read more...

 

 


Volunteer Spotlight: Vermicomposting Around the World

From Encinitas to Ecuador

  

Gigi Barbecho from Ecuador was a volunteer with Solana Center, became a Master Composter, completed an interexchange in Atlanta and returned to Ecuador to share her composting knowledge. In April, Gigi started vermicomposting on her small property using the skills she learned with Solana Center.  She has shared her techniques with her neighbors. Pictured here is her wonderful experience putting into practice all that she learned with Solana Center. Now, she works a small piece of land hoping to grow lettuces, cabbage and some peppers. 

You, too, can become a Master Composter! Our next, 5-part course begins Sunday, 9/22, in Ramona.

Master Composter trainings will also be taught soon in Encinitas and the City of San Diego.


Compost Training Courses

Master Composter - Ramona

Become a Master Composter through this 5-part workshop series that includes hands-on training and a field trip. 
 
Sunday, September 22nd - October 27th
5-week series will take a break the week of Oct. 13
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sweet Spot Farm
18528 Highland Valley Road, Ramona
 
Sponsored by the County of San Diego
 
Priority registration will be given to unincorporated county residents. $25 course fee.
 

"On Farm" 3-part Workshop Series - Escondido

Take part in this innovative, farmer-focused workshop that will share information about creating healthier soils, reducing pests without pesticides and more.

Saturday, January 18 - February 1
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Terra Madre Gardens
9928 Protea Gardens Road, Escondido
 
Sponsored by the County of San Diego
 
Priority registration will be given to unincorporated county residents. $25 course fee.
 

Upcoming Compost Workshops

All About Worms - Encinitas

Saturday, September 14th
10:00 - 12:00 PM
Community Center
1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas

Sponsored by the City of Encinitas


Backyard Composting and Intro to Bokashi Workshop - Escondido

Saturday, September 14th
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Deer Park Monastery
2499 Melru Lane, Escondido

Sponsored by the County of San Diego

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.


Basics of Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting - Rancho San Diego

Saturday, September 28th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Water Conservation Garden
12122 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon
 
Sponsored by the County of San Diego
 
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.

Basics of Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting - Escondido

Tuesday, October 8th
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
8833 Harmony Grove Rd, Escondido
 
Sponsored by the County of San Diego
 
 

Basics of Backyard Composting - Lake San Marcos

Friday, October 11th
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lake San Marcos Resort Conference Center
1105 La Bonita Drive-San Marcos

Sponsored by the County of San Diego. Hosted by the Lake San Marcos Garden Club.


All About Worm Composting - Bay Park Morena District

Saturday, October 12th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tecolote Canyon Nature Center
5180 Tecolote Road, San Diego
 
Sponsored by the City of San Diego


Basics of Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting - San Diego

Tuesday, October 15th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
North Clairemont Recreation Center
4421 Bannock Ave, San Diego
 
Sponsored by the City of San Diego
 

Basics of Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting - Encinitas

Saturday, October 19th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weidners Gardens
695 Normandy Road, Encinitas
 
Sponsored by the City of Encinitas

 


Manure Management and Compost Workshop - El Cajon

Learn how to produce a fantastic soil product from large animal manure and protect your watershed in this introductory, 2-hour workshop.
 
Saturday, October 19th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lansdown Ranch
4414 Dehesa Rd, El Cajon
 
Sponsored by the County of San Diego
 

Basics of Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting - Rancho San Diego

Saturday, November 16th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Water Conservation Garden
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive W., Rancho San Diego
 
Sponsored by the County of San Diego
 

Manure Management and Compost Workshop - Valley Center

Learn how to produce a fantastic soil product from large animal manure and protect your watershed in this introductory, 2-hour workshop.

Saturday, November 16th
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hoofs and Woofs Animal Rescue
30017 Wilhite Lane, Valley Center
 
Sponsored by the County of San Diego
 

Green Living Tours

Would you like to green your home? Our monthly, one-hour tour in Encinitas walks you through some easy steps to start reducing water use and food waste, improving soil health and more, with practical solutions to incorporate into your daily life! If you find the inspiration to purchase composting supplies or borrow tools, our store and lending shed will be open. Join us to learn about the possibilities. Bring your e-waste for drop off. 

Saturday, September 7th
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Green Living Tour - Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
137 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas

$10 suggested donation


Rain Barrel season is here!

Order now. Pick up your discounted rain barrel in October!

Rain barrels can collect up to 50 gallons of untreated rain water and dew, helping outdoor plants thrive. They also conserve water and prevent harmful runoff from reaching the ocean. They retail in stores for $129 but you can purchase a rain barrel from Solana Center for a discounted rate of $90. If you qualify for the unincorporated San Diego County resident discount and the SoCal WaterSmart rebate, the total cost for each rain barrel can be as low as $25. Discount applies to first 200 rain barrels sold. First come, first served.

Rain Barrel Pick Up Event
Saturday, October 19th
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Fallbrook Mission Resource Conservation District (MRCD)
130 E. Alvarado Street, Fallbrook
 
Printed online purchase receipt required for pick up.


Got E-Waste? 

Coastal North County businesses can sign up for e-waste pickup (in partnership with Urban Corps of San Diego). 

Pick up is available the 3rd Wednesday each month from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Sign up by Sunday, September 15 for Pick up Wednesday, September 18. 


Volunteer with Solana Center!

Solana Center is gearing up for a busy fall and we are looking for more volunteers to help us carry out our mission. Do you like talking with people about environmental issues? Do you like getting your hands dirty? Do you like participating in events? Find out how you can put your creative or passionate education abilities to work for sustainability! Learn more and sign up!

 


Become a Member of Solana Center!

As a member, you can make a HUGE difference in your community. Our members are key to helping us further our mission, and grow our innovative programs to reach and educate more San Diegans, divert more waste, prevent more greenhouse gases, and continue to innovate for the benefit of our region and our planet.

Memberships start at $35, and you can be sure that every single dollar of your membership goes right back into our community, helping us to improve the environmental health of San Diego.  


Make a difference in 2019 with a tax-deductible donation to Solana Center!

You get the gratification of knowing your money is helping environmental work here in San Diego AND a tax write-off! Click the "Donate" button below to contribute!


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