Turning garbage into gold

Kathleen Rocco, Education Specialist for the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, explains the benefits of composting at Unity Spiritual Center.

We all have items in our household that we don’t use and giving these to a charity is the answer. When we cook a meal we have food scraps we jam down the disposal or toss in our garbage can. The magical solution is to recycle those scraps into "black gold" to enrich our veggie and flower gardens. Savvy gardeners know this loamy, rich, black organic material that composting creates is priceless. Huge squash, tomatoes and gigantic flowers reward us. Composting your kitchen waste is easy.

On August 3, Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake hosted a free composting seminar taught by Kathleen Rocco, Education Specialist for the Cuyahoga County Solid Wasted District. She offered two composters for sale which can be used in big yards and small yards alike. Did you know you can even toss your doggy doo-doo into a composter called "The Digester"?

Unity Spiritual Center (USC) has set an intention about the adventure into sustainability. A recycling grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District was just awarded to USC. The center has already created many of its garden beds with their own landscaping debris of brown and green materials. Unity is becoming the place where sustainability with the environment and the outer world is just as important as inner strength and endurance. Look for more green events and workshops being hosted by Unity Spiritual Center. Their website is www.unityspiritualcenter.com.

Julia Shutt lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 16, Posted 6:52 PM, 08.10.2010