Class “A” Compost from the Green Zone Resource Park!
At the end of November, staff started the Resource Park’s very first unit of compost with organic waste collected from SBIA members enrolled in our pilot commercial waste composting program. And after 56 days of feeding, aerating, monitoring moisture levels and temperature, and curing, we produced a batch of beautiful compost!
Soil testing confirmed it met the standards set by the BC Ministry of Environment’s Organic Matter Recycling Regulation (OMRR) – and that the finished product is Class “A” compost suitable for unrestricted use in food production and general horticulture.
In January, the SBIA hired Charlotte Fesnoux as the Resource Park’s Site Coordinator, and she’s continuing and refining our composting process. The next big step involves replacing the small garden chipper we’re currently using to grind organic matter with a larger system: a Bokashicycle High Throughput Food Waste Pulverizer. It’ll be much more efficient (and less messy!) than the poor chipper, which just isn’t designed to process things like soggy bread, egg cartons, and chicken bones.