I took my daughter to the YMCA this morning and picked up a flier on composting that caught my eye. It's a great way to save energy because you don't have to buy fertilizer, which has natural gas as a raw material, as I wrote about in a previous post.
Our town, Montclair, NJ, is trying to make composting easier for its residents, and it's sponsoring a composting event Saturday, October 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Edgemont Park.
Now this blog has readers from as far away as New Zealand, so, obviously a lot of you aren't going to make it. But read on anyway because you might pick up some ideas that you can use wherever you live!
Not only is Montclair offering free compost for your garden (but you have to bring your own bags and shovels), but you can also learn about composting and purchase a compost bin and turning tool at a bargain price.
The bins can be purchased for around $52, about half of what they would cost if bought retail. They're cylindrical (narrower at the bottom) and can hold about 1 cubic yard of compost. They come in two pieces, so they can easily fit in the back seat of most cars.
Visitors to the event will also be able to buy turning tools, very helpful in aerating compost. I'm told that turning your compost once a week is extremely important if you want to produce the best quality organic material. The tools, which usually cost about $25 retail, will be available for around $15.
The event will also give participants tips on "green" yard care/gardening, water conservation, backyard bird and butterfly habitats and related topics. More information can be obtained from the Department of Environmental Affairs "Compost Hotline" at +1 (973) 509-5721.
Also in Montclair this Thursday October 15, at 6:30 pm at the main public library will be a showing of two energy-related films: Kilowatt Hours and Unlimited. The first film explains where electricity comes from and also gives valuable tips on how to save energy in your own home.
The second film, which was made by a local resident, talks about our unlimited opportunities to cut carbon emissions. After the films, which take roughly an hour in total to watch, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss energy-related issues.
So, if you can't make it to the event, how about sharing some of your ideas or questions, and we can have our own educational event right here on this blog!