The City of Boca Raton passed Ordinance 5469 for the purpose of improving water quality through reducing nutrient pollution. One way to reduce the synthetic fertilizers you are using on your property is to use compost as a soil amendment! Compost will release nutrients slowly for your plants as well as help your soil hold moisture, requiring less irrigation. The easiest way to get compost is to make it yourself from materials you would otherwise put in the trash.
Composting is a great way to become more aware of your food waste and to take steps to reduce it. Although in Palm Beach County our waste is primarily turned in to electricity, nationally food waste is the largest single category heading to landfills, making up 22% of the municipal waste stream! Almost 40% of food produced in the United States is estimated to be wasted. Reducing food waste can help reduce land use, water use, energy, and greenhouse gas emissions related to agriculture.
June 13, 2019
Thank you to the Junior League of Boca Raton and the Boca Raton Community Garden for hosting our first workshop!