Composting for Non-Farmers: Sharing Ideas

We are fortunate in Bluffton to have curbside recycling to keep many of our recyclables out of landfills. But what about our food waste? Join Sally Weaver Sommer, Jon Sommer and Wendy Chappell-Dick for a forum discussion on small scale and community composting. The program is designed for inexperienced and experienced composters alike. The program will consist of a short presentation and sharing by participants about what has worked well and what has not worked well for them. Ideas for creating community wide opportunities to compost will be discussed in addition to single-home composting.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency food is the largest single source of waste in our landfills. The EPA estimates that 20 percent of what goes into municipal landfills is food, and consumers are responsible for 40 to 50 percent of this food waste. While reducing the amount of food waste in our kitchens and at our tables is important in addressing this problem, composting is a way of keeping the waste we do create from entering the landfill with the added bonus of providing fertile soil for our gardens and yards.

The event is sponsored by Transition Bluffton and will take place in the Town Hall meeting room at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 13.

Presentation on Invasive Plants

Transition Bluffton is hosting a presentation on invasive plant species at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, at the Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. Botanist Bob Antibus will talk and take questions about invasive plants in northwest Ohio. The event is free and open to the public.

Invasive plants are non-native species that can threaten our natural resources. Problems caused by invasive plants include crowding out of native Ohio plants, loss of suitable foods for area wildlife, and less plant diversity.

A professor emeritus at Bluffton University, Antibus taught botany from 1980 to 2015. After completing PhD research in Point Barrow Alaska, he conducted funded research in the Lake District of England, Costa Rica, Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

Antibus also serves as a Johnny Appleseed Park District Commissioner and member of the Blanchard River Watershed Board.

Bluffton Green Homes Tour is HERE!

July 23 Green Home Tour hosted by Transition Bluffton

Transition Bluffton is hosting a Green Home Tour on Sunday, July 23 from 1-4:00 p.m. Three homes in the Bluffton area are featured. Visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes on the 12-mile route; a prize drawing will be held for those who collect colored tickets at all three locations.

The tour showcases homes in the Bluffton area that emphasize energy efficiency and sustainable building. Tour organizers explain, “It might be through clever design, technology, or just plain hard work, but it’s inspiring to see what others have done.” They also note, “The homeowners on the tour have been gracious enough to open their gates for us, so please be respectful of their properties and the time-frame of the tour.”

The three tour stops are a 1970s home with solar PV and battery backup, a new home with monopole PV arrays, and a home with earth berm, PV solar and passive solar design. Maps will be available at CG Pro Bikes, The Food Store, and the Bluffton Public Library after July 7th.

Transition Bluffton’s mission is to be a catalyst for conversation and sustainable change in the Bluffton community. To learn more about the organization, visit TransitionBluffton.org. To contact the organizers, email transitionbluffton@gmail.com.

Do you have a home that you would like to exhibit your green building practices?  Click on this link to apply.