Left Coast Voices

"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

D-I-Y Composting

I remember proudly taking my mother around the environmental center that we had developed on my kibbutz. She was very impressed until we arrived at the composting area. Being primarily an educational center in a part of the world where ecological awareness was considered a luxury, I showed her a wide array of composting methods, with different containers and techniques.

My mother grew up in England during World War 2. She is part of a generation who have the Dig for Victory psyche deeply entrenched. She has always grown vegetables and has always composted. She has never read an article or book about how to make compost, she just has.

But most of us are estranged from the near mystical process of turning waste into fertile earth. Here is a great how-to video on how to start composting. It’s very cool. Enjoy.

or if you don’t fancy rolling your compost bin…


Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at www.alonshalev.com


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2 thoughts on “D-I-Y Composting

  1. Linda Rosengarten on said:

    …and if you do need some help composting, Chelsea Green Publishing offers “Composting; An Easy Household Guide” by Nicky Scott. Other publishers offer composting guides,too, but this one is quite simple and to the point. Chelsea Green Publishers is dedicated to the green movement, gardening, and social causes. “Composting” is published on recycled paper and fits in your pocket and is part of Chelsea Green’s Green Guides, which also include Energy; Use Less – Save More, Water: Use Less – Save More, and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: An Easy Household Guide, each for $7.95. You can order these from you local independent bookstore! — Linda Rosengarten

  2. Great resource. Thank you Linda.

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