Soilutions in the Community
International Compost Awareness Week Events
The goal of International Compost Awareness Week, May 7-13 2017, is to raise the awareness of the public regarding the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment. Additionally the program seeks to increase the diversion of organics from the main waste stream through increasing awareness of and participation in organics diversion initiatives. This year’s theme is “Compost! Healthy Food, Healthy Soil.”
Soilutions offers three events to celebrate International Compost Awareness week. All events start at 2:00 at our Composting Facility located in Albuquerque’s South Valley. Please contact us to reserve your spot. Call at 877.0220, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or message us on Facebook. We will make every effort to accommodate all who are interested.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 2:00
Did you know that food waste accounts for approximately 15% of the waste stream in the United States? Did you know that when food waste ends up in a landfill it produces methane – a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide? Join Walter Dods, Soilutions’ Operations Manager, to dive deep into food waste – Why we do it, How we do it and What compost can do to save the world. Learn what is compostable and what is not, what the difference is between compostable and biodegradble, and why plastics are the bane of our existence. Free and open to the public. Contact us via phone, email or Facebook to reserve your spot – space is limited.
Friday, May 12, 2017 2:00
Organics – mulches, compost, and potting blends – offer tremendous potential for enhancing plant health and beneficial water management in the landscape. Moreover they are a recycled, renewable product. Nonetheless, misconceptions persist surrounding how to install them, how they perform, and what is involved with their maintenancce. Soilutions invites you to tour our Composting Facility with Jim Brooks to learn how products manufactured from organics recycling can benefit your designs and installations. The tour will e followed by a roundtable at the Valle de Oro Wildlife Refuge. Free and Open to the public. Contact us via phone, email or Facebook to reserve your spot.
Saturday, May 13 2:00
Join our artist in residence, Michelle Korte Leccia, to transform reclaimed materials into art. You will learn a simple technique of how to make a textural and adhesive pulp using junk mail and paper packing. Everyone will go home with a unique piece of assemblage art. Meet at the site-specific, Schucker Shack located on the Soilutions Composting Facility. All ages welcome. Please bring sunscreen, a hat, and something to keep you hydrated. $5 fee, cash please. Please contact us via phone, email or Facebook to reserve your spot as space is limited.
We Love Soils Art Contest
For making us laugh out loud at 8:00 in the morning, for liberal use of the poop emoji, for demonstration of great effort on the part of a teacher to share knowledge of the soil with her students, for great artistic skills demonstrated by all students, for giving us the joy of seeing children pay as much attention in their drawings to what is under the surface of the Earth as to what is above it, for demonstrating a broad appreciation for the many services that soil provides, and for excellent use of art for telling a story, thank you Mountain Mahogany for an outstanding submission of artwork (24 drawings in total!) showing us why they love soil!
Workshops and Classes
In the Fall of 2015, Jim Brooks joined others in teaching how to apply permaculture methods to a 2-acre demonstration site to halt erosion and re-establish native flora. Volunteers were trained in permaculture methods, take part in work parties, and help monitor the site’s progress. This pilot project is partially funded by a grant from the NM Soil and Water Conservation Commission, and is a partnership with Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District and City of Albuquerque Open Space.
10/27/2015 Tijeras Creek Work Party
10/11/2015 soilutions at hubbell house local food festival and field day
10/4/2015 Symphony of the soils screening and discussion at Open Space
9/13/2015 Tijeras Creek Remediation Workshop
8/23/2015 Composting Workshop
8/1/2015 Cistern Installation Workshop
2/14/2015 Tree thinning workshop
2/20/2015 New Mexico Organic Farming Conference
11/15/2014 tijeras creek Project Education and Workday
10/23/2014 tijeras creek volunteer day
10/10/2014 Beyond the Curb cut: Harnessing the Power of Stormwater to Sustain Life in the Desert
6/28/2014 invasive species workshop
5/9/2014 Drought gardening workshoP
4/12/2014 wATER eTHIC workshop
4/4/2014 Erosion Control workshop
3/12/2014 Erosion Control for the homeowner