Food Waste? What Food Waste?

There is an old saying that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. This holds true in many arenas. One that I personally never thought I would be discussing is food scraps. Hold on one minute! I am not consuming the scraps, but I am suggesting that they be put to very good use. I am talking about composting.

I realized the benefits of composting when I was working in the Kentucky Division of Conservation. Farmers are enrolled in programs that take advantage of composting. Some are developing a product, while others are using it on their own land to help with productive growth of specialty crops, pastures, gardens, lawns, trees, etc.

These products were made by stacking rows of unusable products, such as vegetables, horse and cattle bedding and landscape clippings, and turning them on a regular basis, which allows for a carbon to break down the matter.

As the heat rises in the piles, unwanted seeds, like weed seeds, will die, leaving the good nutrition aspect to come through, thus giving benefit to the composting process.

As municipalities continue to compost, encourage citizens to do their own composting at home. Since many of Kentucky’s municipalities have limited or no composting programs concerning food scraps, I thought this would be a great opportunity to suggest the compost operators encourage their communities to start or continue composting.

The link below shares some directions for home composting, and hopefully since it is an easy process, you will be able to encourage others to join into the green concept of composting.

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