|OSU students in the gardens!|
This post contains pictures from the student's visit and other recent garden activities. We have also included links to a video by the Back to Reality channel on the topic of "The Spectrum of Sustainability" and info about groundbreaking legislation being introduced into the House and Senate to address plastic pollution in an effective and comprehensive way. LINK, LINK
Blessings on your day!
Students in the gardens:
|Nikolay and Reilly fill buckets with compost to transport into the garden in preparation for later-spring plantings.|
|Nikolay and Reilly sift coffee grounds which we use for garden fertility. Worms love 'em!|
|Abby sifts soil for use in our potting mix. Our mix this year is a combination of commercial, organic raised-bed soil and our own worm castings collected from greenhouse paths (LINK).|
|Nate spreading coffee grounds in the garden.|
|Reilly and Alex distribute compost.|
|Exuberance in the gardens!|
|With a mild winter and early spring, it feels like 2020 could be a very good year. Here, Nikolay spreads coffee-grounds on a bed that will grow a new variety of sorghum we hope to dry, grind and use for flour in baked goods.|
|Our early spring greens are up and thriving. Here, Llyn waters them with rain-water collected from our roofs.|
In the house:
plastic pollution crisis, and the current U.S. waste management system is not dealing with it effectively. Only eight percent of plastic waste in the U.S. is actually recycled. The rest is incinerated, landfilled or shipped overseas to countries even less equipped to process it, where it risks joining the eight million metric tons of plastic that end up in the world's oceans every year.
That's why Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) introduced the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020, a comprehensive piece of legislation that is being hailed as a first-of-its-kind attempt to address the root causes of the crisis on the national level.
Here's a link to a video on making producers responsible for plastic waste by Story of Stuff.
Spectrum of Sustainability: Here is a link to a video by the Back to Reality channel on the topic of "The Spectrum of Sustainability" Great message and graphics. We especially appreciated their distinction of including all of life on the planet in their definition of sustainability. That's been something we too have felt strongly about for a long time. Spectrum of Sustainability-LINK
|Rook and Chris reclaim some ground where we'll install a new bean-tipi for growing scarlet runner beans LINK (Feb 2020).|