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If 63 People Donate $10, Then the Center for Resilient Cities Can Purchase Two Double Composting Bins for Its Urban Farm

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Q:

I don't understand why you need to spend money on pre-fab fancy compost bins when compost will cook just fine in any kind of pile just sitting on the ground. I'm all for recycling, and urban farming, but I don't understand how wasting money on fancy wooden boxes and shipping material in from Minnesota, fits into that movement. For sustainability, using cinder blocks that don't rot or rust would make more sense than expensive cedar bins that will. Can you explain why you think buying expensive bins is a good use of donated money?

Walt P.  asked on  Apr 16, 2012

A:

Thank you for your question, Walt. Our experienced urban gardeners and farmers examined several options when deciding on the compost bins. You can compost through having a pile sit on the ground, but in an urban environment, we need to be conscious of being good neighbors. A pile on the ground can be unsightly, and it attracts mice and rats. We have had complaints from neighbors when we’ve tried 2the on-the-ground option before. A boxed compost bin helps solve those problems. As for cinder-block composting units, they would need to be constructed as permanent structures that consider deep footings (below frost level) and mortared joints. Since Alice’s Garden is a publicly-owned property, we need approval to construct anything that is anchored in ground. Also per regulations, we need to hire contractors who are covered by a high-level of insurance, which then makes the process quite pricey. All these things have been in consideration, because we are working to wisely use people’s donation dollars while finding the best composting solution at Alice’s Garden.

Amy P.  from  Merchant  replied on  Apr 16, 2012

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