Posts Tagged ‘worms’

As the worm turns

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Brooklyn Based digs into worm composting. A practical read for those of you who live in (sniff) North Brooklyn. And a short and sweet justification for urban composting for the rest of us.

Worm Potluck

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

worm Sounds like the Sustainable Flatbush crew had fun at their worm composting potluck this Sunday.

Locals can find out more about the Flatbush Supper Club here and more about urban composting here.

This reminds me, I really want to go to a how-to workshop on worm composting at home.

Trashtastic Tuesday with Scott Kellogg

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Scott Kellogg and his partner Stacy Pettigrew are coauthors of “Toolbox for Sustainable Living: A Do it Ourselves Guide“. The book lays out the how-to in creating simple tools out of simple materials so that we, not to be redundant, can live more simply and use up fewer resources. These are tricks and tools the couple has developed and put to use as part of their organization, the Rhizome Collective and which they frequently share in what they call Radical Urban Sustainability Trainings (R.U.S.T.). I saw Scott give a talk on the book in New York recently. His talk emphasized the need for eating locally and making sustainable choices to be more than a green fad. The questions from the audience focused on how hard that can be when one lives in a concrete jungle. Scott was a kind enough to answer a few follow-up questions for a (long overdue) Trashtastic Tuesday interview.

everydaytrash: What is radical sustainability?

Kellogg: Radical Sustainability” is a term that we came up with at the Rhizome Collective to reclaim the term sustainability that has been all but entirely co-opted by multinational corporations to promote the neo-liberal economic agenda. The original idea of sustainability is that renounces should be available to innumerable numbers of human generations and should be equitably distributed as well. Radical sustainability emphasizes the relationship between environmental sustainability and social justice. It’s not enough to just be green, but to be a good environmental steward you have to look at race and class and equity…that’s it in a nutshell.

everydaytrash: What are some of the sustainable living tools you have created out of trash?

Kellogg: We’ve treated household wastewater with tossed bathtubs—those are items generally found in the trash. We’ve also made passive solar water heaters out of junk refrigerators and old hot water heating tanks. We’ve constructed wind turbines out of recycled bike parts. We try to really look at how we can [build sustainable living tools] using cheap, salvaged and recycled materials. If you’re looking at what’s local and abundant in cities: that’s trash.

everydaytrash: What can people living in cities can do (particularly those like me who have no roof access and no backyard) to lead more sustainable lives?

Kellogg: First, worm boxes can be just a simple little plastic box to keep red wigglers, a variety of worm that can eat a pretty good portion of household kitchen scraps. They don’t smell, don’t take up hardly any space and can be expanding modularly by adding boxes. The castings created by the worms are fabulous for gardens. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can give them to a friend.

Another thing I recommend in cities is growing edible, miniscule mushrooms on logs…this can be done in apartments that don’t get a lot of direct light.

everydaytrash: What kinds of big-picture policy things can people do?

Kellogg: I encourage people to organize with neighbors and interested people to gain access to vacant lots. There’s a lot of space in cities that can be turned into food producing spaces. A lot can be done terms of policy. If we’re going to talk seriously about bringing resources closer to cities, this is what needs to happen.

Photos ripped from the Rhizome Collective site

Posting on Composting

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Ever find yourself deciding between a composting bin and composting tumbler?  Or what kind of container one needs to house a worm condo?  The good people of have a blog that may help to answer some of those questions.  Here’s the link.


Monday, September 10, 2007

worms.jpg  Check out this video and slide show on NBC documenting Hong Kong’s recent investment in worms to reduce waste by eating organic trash separated and collected from restaurants.  If it works on that urban island, I hope this plan comes to mine!

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