Closing the loop

Thursday was a closing the loop kind of day. It started with a monsoon of rain at the Worm Farm, and ended with a fine talk by Michael Pollan. In between were composting moments, food moments and more.

At the Worm Farm, I loaded up lids for the Aerated Composting System that the City of San Francisco had ordered, and that I was going to install for them at noon.

The bins themselves (shown above) had arrived a couple of days earlier. I connected the fan system, the manifold and with a few turns of the screwdriver their new system was in place and ready to receive it’s first load of manure. They are going to compost horse manure from the stables in Golden Gate park. They will use the finished compost for enhancing soil structure and making compost tea. I am hoping their next step is to buy a VermiComposter CF, and make their own VermiCompost!

Next it was off to Marin Academy in San Rafael. It is an incredible school with a beautiful garden and a food waste composting system that is in place. They invited me to give them a presentation on how they might improve their composting and see if worms could be part of the solution. It was great to see involved students, faculty and parents gather around and listen so attentively to a guy talk about worms!

We designed our Aerated Composting System and our VermiComposter CF to help a campus, a small farm, a vineyard, or a horse farm close their organic waste loop and source the nutrients for their farm, from their farm.

Our story comes full circle, by way of scoring some fine seats from the folks at Marin Academy, for a talk that Michael Pollan was giving that evening at the Marin Civic Auditorium. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing him speak, you should treat yourself to one of his talks if he is in your neck of the woods. He writes books, and articles about food, and what it means to us as people individually and to the country as a whole.

His talk showed us how our industrialized food system, has created a food mess, an energy mess and a health crisis, all in the way we eat. Yes, our food is cheap, however we more than make up for the savings in our increased use of foreign oil, our increased obesity rates and our lack of good food choices.

He advocates eating more locally grown produce. Eating more of plant based diet. Eating less meat. Growing your own food. He showed us a slide that showed a $70 investment in a garden payed back $600 worth of food. We all know that there is nothing on this earth as tasty as a home grown tomato!

His talk made so much sense, and left us with a feeling of hope. Things can change. People can change. We can grow more of our own food, buy food grown closer to home. Support local businesses. Cook a meal, and then sit down and enjoy that meal with family and friends. Retooling the way we do food can help us rebuild community, both in our own homes and in our cities as well.

There is a growing movement of people who want to grow good healthy nutritious food. There is a need to rebuild not only our soils, but our communities as well. We are happy to be a part of the change.

‘Join the Underground Movement’

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