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3 Ways To Use “Trenching” To Reduce Food Waste

“Trenching” is the act of burying organic waste directly into the ground as an alternative method to traditional, above-ground composting. 

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!

There are three methods to where/how to trench your food waste. 

  1. Rotating crop beds: This method is great if you are bokashing your food waste and have a significant amount saved up at one time. The idea is to divide your garden into sections, as the season’s crops have withered away, the soil is ready to be revitalized. This is an ideal time to use that space to bury the food waste for next year’s new growth. Rotating your crop beds throughout the year allows for your whole garden to be nutrient-rich.

  2. Trenching between rows works well for gardens that have perennials. Instead of having to start a whole section of the garden from scratch, just bury the food waste along the pathways or between the growing zones. The roots will grow long and strong to reach the nearby nutrients. 

  3. Small hole digs are easy and work well for people who want to bury limited amounts of food. Just as it sounds, dig a small hole and drop food waste in, wherever you can find a spot, no system needed. This is easy and requires less digging.

As another option for diverting your food waste, join Solana Center’s Food Cycle program. We are able to accept community members’ food scraps and process these organic materials on-site to create a high-quality soil supplement. Everyone creates food waste, and composting can be the solution no matter your situation!

Learn more about Solana Center's Zero Waste and Food Recovery initiatives here