News & Updates
Solana Center, County Offering Discounted Rain Barrels To San Diegans
Sep 20 2019
Now is the perfect time to purchase and install a rain barrel. A rain barrel keeps water that falls or collects on your property from leaving, transporting pollutants to creeks, streams, waterways and, ultimately, the ocean through runoff. Keeping the water on your property also benefits the soil. If situated properly, rain barrels take...
How to improve aeration in your backyard compost bin
Sep 12 2019
An ample supply of oxygen is key to the success of your backyard compost bin. Decomposer microbes need oxygen for their metabolic functions to operate efficiently. Without access to oxygen, some microbes die and others switch to a different form of metabolism, anaerobic (without air) respiration. This has a few negative consequences: ...
Why do I need bedding in my worm bin? Can't I just feed them food scraps?
Aug 19 2019
Q: Why do I need bedding in my worm bin? Is it okay if I just give the worms my food scraps? A: Bedding, which can be made of shredded paper, coconut coir, cured manure, or dry leaves, is an absolute necessity in your worm bin. Supplying your wiggly workers with bedding has a number of benefits: Bedding provides a light, fluffy medium...
From the Rotline: Do red wigglers belong in my backyard compost bin?
Aug 10 2019
Q: Should I put red wiggler worms in my backyard compost bin? A: This is a question that comes up often when folks visit our store to purchase composting worms, and we often have to urge folks not to add worms to their backyard bin. The reason lies in the fundamental differences between traditional (backyard) composting and...
What is “Trenching” and How Does it Reduce Food Waste?
Jul 12 2019
Do you have food waste but no place to put it? Instead of putting it in the garbage and sending it to the landfill, perhaps try “trenching” as an option. We worked with volunteers and trenched food waste directly into the ground using extra buckets of Bokashied food scraps from Solana Center’s Food Cycle program. The result: healthy soil...
All Five Applicants Provided with Technical Assistance by Solana Center Receive Funding Approval from State of California Healthy Soils Program
Jun 19 2019
For Immediate Release: June 19, 2019 Contact: Noelle Collins Funding to offset greenhouse gas emissions, prevent erosion and improve soil quality
Fifteen Horses on a Farm Outside Frankfurt
Jun 10 2019
A compost story shared by Peter Ash. There’s no question that composting requires physical labor. Composting the manure of 15 horses in Frankfurt was intended to be done on a farm with a tractor to remediate soil that had previously been leased to a farmer using chemicals. The land transformation has instead taken place using a...
Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Ann Stone
Jun 4 2019
"The list of Mary Ann's contributions to Solana Center is endless," shared Executive Director Jessica Toth. "We all know that without her, the Center would not be here today and that the journey would not have been nearly as much fun! Most importantly, Mary Ann has been a steady sounding board for every aspect of our organization -...
Summer 2019 Newsletter
Jun 4 2019
Summer at Solana Center You Inspire Us! I am humbled by the success you help Solana Center achieve through your volunteerism, financial contributions, participation in our programs, and waste diversion efforts. My message below highlights milestones we’ve achieved with your support. Read on for more activities on the horizon and tips...