Reducing Waste

We aim to have very little waste on this farm.  Anything that we harvest and don’t sell or eat ourselves goes to the pigs or chickens.  Anything organic that they won’t eat goes to the compost pile.  Our tea leaves and coffee grounds and filters go to the worm bin.

Nothing says "sustainable" better than a big steaming pile of compost

Nothing says “sustainable” better than a big steaming pile of compost

Sweet corn culls and watermelon rinds make great chicken feed

Sweet corn culls and watermelon rinds make great chicken feed

Chemical-free heirloom tomatoes for lunch

Chemical-free heirloom tomatoes for lunch

We recycle all paper, plastic, glass, metal and oil and we’re careful to avoid buying things with excessive packaging.

Back when we were living the suburban life I’d roll a couple of large trash cans out to the curb twice a week.  Now I probably carry off a trashcan of trash about once a month.

I’m sure we can do better, but it’s good to know that we’ve reduced our share of the mountains of trash that our culture sends to landfills every day.