Master Composter Reingard Rieger, Ph.D., breaks down composting, urban gardening and Seattle Public Utilitiesâ€™ Master Composter Sustainability Program managed by Tilth Alliance in this episode of Hobby Farms Presents: Growing Good.Â
Learn about Seattle Public Utilitiesâ€™ Master Composter Sustainability Program (managed by Tilth Alliance), which trains 30 to 35 volunteers each year to go into the community and educate others about composting, soil health, recycling, stormwater management and more. From mandatory food-waste composting to mandatory recycling, Seattleâ€™s sustainability programs have had a big payoff: From 2004-2019, the tonnage of compostable material going to the landfill was reduced by 40 percent, even while the cityâ€™s population grew by 30 percent.Â
Get Reingardâ€™s professional advice to start or improve your own composting or, as she says, â€śfarming the microbes.â€ť Hear about vermiculture (worm composting) basics, wormsâ€™ preferred vegan diet and the science behind how we get worm castings. And learn about food-digester worm bins, which are easy to build and use in your own garden.
Reingard shares her experience in building a 10,000-square-foot backyard garden and a front-yard rain garden in Seattle and talks about her familyâ€™s farming background in Austria, too.Â
- Tilth Alliance
- Master Composter Sustainability Steward Program
- Tilth Allianceâ€™s composting resources
- Seattle Public Utilities food and yard waste resources