Our Rhinebeck Office Donates Unused Pallets To Community Garden

We love giving back to our community and we love sustainable living, so for International Compost Awareness Week (May 5 – 11), SunCommon donated 13 wooden pallets to the Rhinebeck Community Garden. The donation was coordinated with Cecily and Michael Frazier, who are Pointe of Praise Community Solar members, volunteers at the garden and leaders at the Rhinebeck Historical Society. The Fraizers and the rest of the folks at the garden are using the pallets to construct and reinforce a sturdy three compartment compost bin. SunCommon is thrilled to be part of such an important endeavor and bright community.

International Compost Awareness Week is a celebration of compost and its benefits, but it also is a way to raise public awareness of this increasingly important activity. Although nearly half of all solid waste is either organic or biodegradable, much of it ends up in landfills, where it contributes to the production of powerful methane gas. Composting is an easy and effective way to mitigate climate change. The New York Times Bestseller, Drawdown: 100 Way to Reverse Global Warming, ranks Food Composting at #60, reducing CO2 by 2.23 gigatons over the next 33 years. That’s equivalent to taking nearly 500 MILLION cars off the road!

Composting comes in all shapes in sizes. There are commercial compost operations, but regular, backyard composting is so simple! Regular composting exposes organic and biodegradable waste to sufficient air, moisture, and heat, which produces stable soil carbon, a very rich and valuable fertilizer.  All this is happening in the Rhinebeck Community Garden, but it can also happen in your own kitchen or backyard. All you need is a bucket and some leftovers! What could be better than recycling food waste to use it to grow more food?

Interested in joining the Rhinebeck Community Garden? Reach out at rhinebeckcommunitygarden@gmail.com

To learn more about composting and how to do it on your own, check out Composting Council Research & Education Foundation.

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