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.

25 Enterprises that Build Resilience

Unlike big box stores who have vast amount of captial and overhead to cusion the blows of rocks midstream, an owner of a local business can sometimes feel like they are running rapids in a small skiff and their paddles have just broke. However, everyone knows that shopping local helps build the economy of your hometown. So how do local business owners build up local loyalty and trust that can act like the needed “cushion from the rocky rapids”? What does building local resilience mean?

TransitionUS has tried to answer that in their Re-Economy program. In order for a business to show resilience it needs to be flexible and malleable enough to adapt and change with the local needs. It means local business need to be able to supply their materials locally and hire workers from the local community. To be seen as giving back. Transition US has created a checklist, “CHECKLIST FOR RESILIENCE-BUILDING ENTERPRISES” to assess if local businesses are resilient. How many Bluffton businesses do you think make the grade?resilliance