Topic: Organic Waste Matters- Exploring Community Composting Options

This topic addresses the many options available to communities to develop a comprehensive organic waste recovery and re-use system. From small-scale bio-digesters to large-scale municipal or commercial composting options, you can learn about the different ways that communities are approaching organic waste management in Ohio. Which of these models would you like to see in your community? Which of these examples would you yourself want to pursue as a program, enterprise, or initiative?

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These videos demonstrate the ways in which organic materials can be direct applied to land through a layered or "lasagne bed" approach. A mix of carbon-heavy materials like newspaper, cardboard, biodegradable coffee cups, straw, wood mulch, or leaves can be mixed with food waste, animal manure, or coffee grounds to create highly fertile raised beds. This approach is commonly utilized in urban...

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Tom Price with Pork-Q-Pine Farms just outside of Delaware, Ohio, talks about his hog farm and the development of a commercial composting facility. The facility accepts a wide-range of wastes from the Columbus metropolitan area, including restaurant and institutional food waste, farm manure, and office paper waste. Tom talks about the diverse strategies that he employs to make this a viable...

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Join Perry Clutts with the Clutts Family Farm in Circleville, Ohio. Perry, a medium-scale organic dairy farmer discusses their on-farm composting system in which they collect and compost cow manure mixed with leaves from the City of Circleville and other organic wastes from the community to retain nutrients on their farm and improve their pasture over time.

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The George Jones Farm and Nature Preserve in Oberlin, Ohio demonstrates a wide-range of strategies that leverage wastes generated both on the farm and in the community to build soil fertility. Aaron Englander went from an Oberlin College Farm intern to farm manager from 2007-2009. Here he talks about his experience with vermicomposting and other organic waste management systems on the farm....

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This series of videos demonstrates opportunities for developing low-cost, small-scale bio-digestion systems applicable to home or small-scale farm applications. Demonstrates how manure or other wastes common to urban centers can be anaerobically processed in a small-scale bio-digester to generate energy for a farm.

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