Cedar Grove: Companies Making a Positive Difference
At Planet Matters, we feel it’s important to introduce our readers to companies who are definitely making a difference when it comes to affecting positive change, adopting sustainable means of doing business, and creating a greener lifestyle for the people and businesses who come in contact with them. Today’s highlight is on Cedar Grove, whose website defines the company as such:
“Cedar Grove Composting is part of a family-owned, 400-employee enterprise with roots in the waste management business going back to 1938. As the Pacific Northwest’s leading organic recycling company, Cedar Grove transforms grass, leaves, yard trimmings, food waste and wood waste into the finest nutrient-rich compost. From a humble beginning, Cedar Grove has developed a full line of healthy soils with a loyal following and has grown to become the largest single dedicated yard waste composting facility in the United States.”
What Makes Cedar Grove Composting Special
- 100% NATURAL – Cedar Grove Composting offers a “100% Natural” line of products
- LOCALLY MADE – Cedar Grove Compost and a range of compost-based soils are available for pick up at and delivery from its Washington facilities
- TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCE – Similar to making an exceptional wine, Cedar Grove applies an exacting recipe and science in compost production.
- QUALITY ASSURANCE TESTING – Their products undergo thorough laboratory and test garden assessments to ensure the compost meets exacting standards.
- USES OF COMPOST – Cedar Grove Composting continually strives to find new uses for compost
The Basics of Composting: Step by Step
1) Build or buy a basic composter. Air and light have to be able to enter the structure.
2) Remember to shred the materials you compost for maximum effectiveness
3) Let the microorganisms do the dirty work: eat, multiply, and convert raw materials while you ensure the correct environment is right.
4) Provide: food, water, and air.
5) Food for microorganisms consists of 2 classes of materials: “Greens” and “Browns.”
6) Green materials are high in nitrogen and provide protein
7) Brown materials are high in carbon and provide energy.
8) Best combination of browns and greens is about 4 parts of browns to 1 part greens by volume
9) Smaller is better, and will allow a tighter control over the heat core, at the center of the pile
10) Turn regularly with a pitchfork in order to maintain a steady flow of the outside materials into the heat core at the center
11) Add worms for greater and faster composting
12) Avoid adding: meat, fish, or animal fats; shredded newspaper; BBQ ashes; animal feces
13) Be careful when adding: sawdust, wood chips, bark
14) Use your finished compost to fertilize the lawn, as potting mix, or to upgrade the overall health and quality of your soil