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Composting is really catching on!  People who would normally think it crazy to collect food scraps are happily composting their leftovers.  Part of the reason is composting has become a lot easier with the development of new composting systems that can accommodate any situation.  You can find compost tumblers, pyrimids, bins, You can compost with worms inside or go really high tech with an electric composter that will compost all your food scraps- 5 pounds a day in 2 weeks or go really low tech and pile it behind the shed or in the woods.

Why is composting so important?  After doing  a little research, I discovered that on average, every person throws away 1.3 pounds of food waste each day!  That accounts for 11% of all garbage in a landfill.  The sad part of this situation is that food waste can create the most amazing soil admendment, rich with micro organisms, humus, and organic matter that can hold moisture.  If you are a gardener, its black gold.  So if you don't garden, still compost and give it to a gardener friend.  Who knows maybe come August they'll give you more of those covetted tomatoes.

A great resource is

What's working for you?  Do you have a favorite composting method? 



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Karen Totino, owner of Green Conscience in Saratoga Springs, has a history of caring about environmental issues starting with her own family and neighborhood. Beginning with her already successful organic lawn care business, Karen became actively involved in community efforts supporting work on cleanups and conservation through Friends of Kayaderosseras, a not- for -profit organization focused on conserving the creek. As an energetic entrepreneur, Karen wants to effect change in a greater way through offering green alternatives to consumers who seek better choices for their families and for the environment.