News & Updates
Spring 2021 Newsletter
Mar 1 2021
Dear Solana Center Community, Spring is on its way to breathe refreshing energy into this uncommonly warm winter. As we enter the blossoming season, now is a great time to start planning your spring garden – gathering your seeds, filling your rain barrels and preparing your compost. To help your sustainability journey, our team is...
San Diego County wastes 500,000 tons of food each year. Here’s a better solution.
Feb 18 2021
Originally published in San Diego Union-Tribune February 17th. Written by Jessica S. Toth, Solana Center Executive Director. Government and economics are coming into alignment on the need to address climate change. In the past few weeks, climate change mitigation was hot.
Carbon Farming for Climate Resilience
Feb 15 2021
Did you know that San Diego is fortunate to have more small farms than any other county in the nation? With the unique combination of urban and rural landscapes, San Diego was one of the first southern California regions to adopt the framework for carbon farming pioneered by the Marin Carbon Project. Carbon farming describes a variety...
Interview with Sarah Owens | Food Cycle Feature
Jan 19 2021
We connected with Encinitas-local cookbook author of Sourdough, Toast and Jam and Heirloom: Time Honored Techniques, Nourishing Traditions, and Modern Recipes. Sarah is a naturally-leavened baker, professional horticulturist, and culinary instructor who believes strongly in the power of baking to foster community and social change. She...
Low-Waste Takeout Guide
Dec 27 2020
It is no secret that Covid has had a big impact on the restaurant industry as well as other daily activities we may have previously taken for granted in our modern society. Unfortunately, this means that eating "out" looks much different than it used to, often accompanied by plastic bags, styrofoam boxes and mixed-plastics containers....
Biochar: A Valuable Composting Ingredient
Dec 17 2020
Article written by Master Composter volunteer, Melody Plan. What is biochar? Before the bins, compost thermometers, and subsidized compost vouchers, our ancestors buried char: wood, manure, or leaves cooked at a relatively low temperature in a low-oxygen environment over a long period of time, directly into the ground to fertilize the...
Catch that Rain - Rain Barrel Pick Up Events Spring 2021
Dec 16 2020
Is your home set up to capture rain this season? If not, you may be letting a valuable free resource go to waste. Rain barrels are a simple tool which can help your household save money on your water bill, conserve, and prevent water pollution while collecting chemical-free water which can be used in your garden. In partnership with the ...
Holiday Gifts that Give Back
Dec 14 2020
This holiday season is one like no other. We want to help you shop local and give without creating waste - instead of giving more “stuff”, consider giving a gift of an experience, subscription or make a donation in their name rather than material items. Here are our favorite gifts that give back! Buy a gift card to their favorite...
Low-Waste Holiday Guide
Dec 14 2020
Did you know that Americans create 25% more trash during the holidays? We want to help you reduce your waste and turn up the cheer this season with tips that allow your household to use less energy, resources, and reduce GHG emissions to make for a happy planet all year round! Reduce your waste and turn up the cheer this holiday with...