This summer of 2018, we partnered with Domingo Medina, the owner and founder of Peels and Wheels to make a compost system just like his at our Winchester Community Garden located at 2 Webster Street. Peels and Wheels is a neighborhood-scale operation that composts household food waste for residents, schools and small businesses who want to compost but cannot or do not have the means to do so. Using bikes, bins, and trailers, he picks up your kitchen scraps and other biodegradable materials and take them to Phoenix Press Farm and other farms and gardens for composting. Because of his experience and involvement in the New Haven community, the New Haven Land Trust recruited Domingo to direct the construction of a compost system at one of the community gardens.
What is compost?
Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed in a process called composting. Compost is rich in nutrients.
What is the type of compost system that is getting made/used?
The compost system that is used in Peels and Wheels and that we are making in the Winchester garden is an Aerated Static Pile (ASP). This means the compost in the bins is physically mixed minimally, but has air being pushed through it at regular intervals. Our system uses solar energy to power a blower that blows air through holes at the base of each bin.
What is the type of wood that is getting used to make the compost system?
We used 2”x6”x12’ Tongue and Groove Cedar Boards so that the compost bin will be airtight. This wood is made with at least 50% post-consumer recycled plastic.
Why is it good to compost?
-Reduce your carbon footprint by reducing the amount of food waste that goes into incinerators and sewage systems
-Support a greener neighborhood and a cleaner environment
-Help create needed compost to enhance the soil of local urban and rural farms and gardens
-Create local jobs
We are very excited to be able to build this compost system since it will not only benefit the gardeners at that location but it also benefits us, the Growing Entrepreneurs, by giving us the experience on building this type of compost and enhancing our carpentry skills.
We want to thank Domingo Medina for helping us with this project!