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Refuse District Begins Composting Food Waste

The Edgartown transfer station for the four-town district is now accepting food waste for composting. The pilot program began last week.

Yearlong Food Waste Study Eyes Composting on the Vineyard

Central composting facilities and a variety of community initiatives are among the final recommendations of an Islandwide food waste study that wraps up this month.

Composting on the Coast; An Island Grapples With Food Waste

A four-month pilot study, which began in June, may set the stage for an Islandwide composting program that could help businesses comply with the state’s ban on commercial food waste.

Where the Waste Goes, I Will Follow

Every year, 40 per cent of the food grown in this country is never eaten. The waste happens in farm fields, during processing and transportation, in grocery stores, restaurants, and in our homes.

Food Waste Study Gets Underway on Martha's Vineyard

A state ban on commercial food waste has yet to be enforced, but Islanders have launched a comprehensive study of the issue.

Demand for Composting Expected to Grow Here

Massachusetts has become the first state in the nation to put a ban on commercial food waste entering landfills. Larger businesses on the Vineyard are preparing for the changes, and businesses and residents are feeling the need for more composting regulations.

Local Compost Workshop Teaches Tip Top Soil Skills

For those still trying to figure out what to do with all those leftover coffee grounds and egg shells, there is help. This weekend Felix Neck and the Polly Hill Arboretum are hosting a compost tea workshop with Ann McGovern, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s consumer waste reduction coordinator.

Wow, that’s a mouthful. Perhaps a bit of composting is in order for Ms. McGovern’s title. Like maybe, Lady Who Turns Garbage into Garden Gold. Yes, that’s more like it.

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Compost Tea is Ready for Brewing

Less agriculturally-minded folk than Mitchell Posin might mistake the sign on South Road advertising compost tea for a joke, something dreamt up by kids searching for the world’s least appealing beverage to flog by the side of the road.

In fact it is there to promote the result of three years’ trial and error by Mr. Posin, the co-owner Allen Farm sheep and wool company: an organic fertilizer solution for the bespoke ecology of Martha’s Vineyard.

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Food Waste is Key to Farmers' Success

Coffee grinds, apple cores and curly orange carrot peels: straight to the trash they go in most households. But on Island farms, these food scraps (along with egg shells, wilted greens and watermelon seeds) go to the compost. For the farmers, this trash is treasure.

“It’s like crop insurance,” explained Jim Athearn of Morning Glory Farm last week as he stepped down from his tractor.

Vineyard Explores Composting Options

While the Martha's Vineyard Refuse Disposal and Resource Recovery District committee negotiates costs, facility capacity and logistics with the Rhode Island-based Waste Options company to build a composting facility on the Island, many Islanders seek answers to more basic questions.