TVCR has been thrilled to get so many families started on their composting journey through grants we have won from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the Community Foundation of Teton Valley. Often it just takes a little nudge to try backyard composting. Once they start, most people never go back to throwing food waste in the trash. Did you know that food waste sent to the landfill doesn’t decompose into fertile soil? Instead it decomposes in an anaerobic environment releasing the potent greenhouse gas methane which is a huge contributor to climate change. Food waste can so easily be made into fertile soil right where we create it in our homes and yards. Please learn more about composting on our site and the many great online resources available. There is a method for everyone – even apartment dwellers. Here’s a great video showing 6 compost options.
Here’s a short (4 min) video on how to set up your TVCR bin and the basics of composting. If you didn’t gt a bin from us, they are very easy to build with either a 6 foot length of hardware cloth and some twist ties or 4 pallets (often available free at local businesses). Start composting today!
We also have this more in depth Compost Set Up and How To Compost video (23 min) by our program director, Andrea Swedberg which you might find helpful if you are brand new to composting – but don’t overthink it. Composting is easy!
Here are some useful resources you can print on how & what to compost & how to avoid attracting critters:
Can’t compost in your yard due to a variety of reasons? We’re working with local farmers to set up community compost drop off sites. Currently we’re working with Sweet Hollow Farm in Victor who can take non-moldy food scraps for their chickens. Stay tuned through 2022 as we try to make more Community Compost connections.