Mt. Lorne Compost Club

DO ADD:

Kitchen waste, egg shells, leaves, unfertilized lawn cuttings, garden trimmings, poultry, rabbit, livestock bedding

DO NOT ADD:

Dog or cat poop, cat litter, wood shavings or chainsaw sawdust, any plastics, motor oils, large amounts of cooking oils, paper (unbleached coffee filters are OK). If you don't want it in your garden, don't put it in the composter!

MEMBERSHIPS:
$20 / year

Compost Club Project

currently on hold - looking for new starters

The 500 Gallon Community Composter (PDF 441KB)

Mt. Lorne Compost Club

Here is the latest update

  • The composter barrel is up and working, we can still fill in scraps till the average temp is -10! So keep on going.
  • At this point, please add manure only, there is more than enough sawdust in it.
  • We do not have enough mass right now so the compost will have to sit over the winter and we will get it to heat up and finish in the spring.
  • Shiela will add some worms to the compost in work right now and maybe they will help to speed up the process.
  • Once the freezing temp is reached, we will close the composter for the winter.
  • Please keep on gathering scraps, either in small amounts at home and freeze them, or pick up buckets from Colin at the dump and we will set up a container at the dump for the scrap ice cubes. This way we can keep them at a size we can feed in the barrel come spring.
  • We are currently looking for ways to finance and build a second barrel, hopefully for next season, so that we can get one to be filled, one to compost along.
  • We will put together a report shortly on the project, just check our site here.
  • There will be some changes in regard to composting at the dump and we will work with Mike to hopefully be able to open the compost project to everyone interested.

24 September 2012

LMCA compost club project is . . .

  • Turning our waste into organic compost for our gardens.
  • Open to anyone who is interested.
  • A test project that we monitor for temperature, quality and timing. We will test the end product for nutrient levels and microbial life.
  • Constructed mostly from re-used materials, volunteer labour.
  • A club with a $20 membership and some donated time to help ensure clean compost.

The first tumbler is up and running at the Robinson Transformation Station. The first buckets are in the tumbler - so please bring your stuff and add it.

Ammendments are in the two blue boxes right next to the tumbler. Signs are on the boxes.

How it Works

  1. Unlock the top and add your compost.
    Add amendments in the following ratio:
    • part household compost, 2 parts horse manure, 2 parts sawdust, cup of silt
    • Manure/sawdust bins are marked: the bucket is the approx. measure
    • If you are adding animal bedding, leaves, grass clippings then DO NOT add ammendments
  2. Close and relock the top (watch your fingers!)
  3. Record what you put in (date, volume and content).
    Tank is rotated daily, and monitored for water for 6 - 8 weeks. Water is collected from the shed roof.
  4. When a batch is finished, remove soil in proportion to what you added, then re-lock bottom.

If you have any questions please contact Agnes or Shiela. We will keep you up to date as soon as things start cooking there. And please encourage a few more folks to bring in their scraps, just for our project.

March 2012 - Compost Club

Info by Sheila Alexandrovich

Some background info….How it all started out :

Hello Gardeners. Hello horse people with manures to spare.

As part of the Transition Team, wanting to help move Mt. Lorne towards a more local base of food, economy and sustainability, we are starting with the Transformation Station, our local dump. We have received a small sum through Growing Forward Agriculture Fund to develop serious composting, with the final goal to have organically certifiable compost.

Bob Sharp has planned and will build two composters, and I am looking to put together the Club. Here are my ideas, and I am looking to have feedback from anyone interested. I will be at the Transformation Station this Saturday to talk it over with any who are interested.

The Plan…

To form a club, with a $ 15-20 membership. Members would bring kitchen compost, garden compost,animal manures (not dog/cat), lawn clippings if not fertilized, leaf rakings, etc. to dump in the composter.

We will pay horse and livestock people in our area to bring truck loads of manure to have on site, so you dump a bucket of compost and a bucket of available animal manures in at the same time.

We will have two composters, so we should get two batches per summer, and two over fall/winter/spring. There will be clear signage what is not acceptable, and policing this is up to us all, as it is our compost we are talking about.

Those who are members can pull compost out. How much will we make? I don’t know…depends on what goes in. How long will it take? Turned daily, and watered from the eaves trough catchment, I would hope 2 months per summer batch.

Why do this? Well, one is it is bear safe. Two is the ability to combine with others to create the volume needed to really cook the compost. It makes use of animal byproduct that is sometimes a problem for horse owners, and hopefully gets us off the dependency of getting our garden amendments from the south.

How do we divvy up the final product fairly? Let’s discuss this one! What about people who want to throw in compost but don’t want anything back? No membership fee, and follow the guidelines as to what you put in and it should work fine.

There may be a need for 2-4 hours per summer volunteer time /member to do what needs to be done…depends on how many people are keen.

Horse people with extra manure, the thought is to pay you to haul loads of manure to the dump to incorporate into the composters. Is $50/load a reasonable number? Would you need a hand to load/unload at the dump? How many loads can you provide?

The funding also allows for a manual to be made on building the composters and setting up the club, and what we learn during our first year. The goal is that other small Yukon communities can do the same, on a small scale.

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