Composting: From Grand Scale to Your Back Yard
In this episode we find Patti and Joe crossing the country joining Nathan in Seattle, Washington to put you in touch with one of the greatest soil amendments nature has to offer: Compost.
Joe gets the grand, behind the scenes tour of the largest composting facility of it’s kind in the world. Cedar Grove Composting has had its roots in the waste management industry since 1938. The family owned business is now home to 250 employees whose job it is to convert mountains of grass, leaves, trimmings, yard waste, food waste, and wood waste into nutrient-rich finished compost made available to the public in a variety of ways. They have perfected the magical process of transforming matter that would simply clog landfills, straining the environment and turning it instead into gardeners’ best friend.
But you don’t need mountains of waste to enrich the soil in your own landscape. Joe and Nathan meet up with Patti at Seattle Tilth for a lesson on just how easy it is to compost at home. This nationally recognized organization educates anyone willing to learn about proper gardening techniques and seeks to inspire people to garden organically and preserve our natural resources.
There are classes for adults and children, workshops, demonstration gardens and the popular Master Composter/Soil Builder program. Master Composters develop the skills to bring their expertise to the community as a key part of Seattle’s waste reduction and recycling efforts.
When your soil is healthy so then is the bounty from it. Chef Nathan showcases a popular root crop, beets, where he roasts them to perfection in an easy to make recipe you’ll want to try at home.