Picking a System
We have designed a composting flow chart to help you decide the best composting system for you.
If you have more questions, feel free to email us.
Hot or active composing is the process of managing your compost pile's carbon to nitrogen ratio, temperature, moisture and turning schedule more closely. Hot composting produces a finer finished product faster, can break down compostable-ware better, and can kill weed seeds and other pathogens
Passive composing is the slow decomposition process that is mediated by fungi, worms, and other natural decomposers. It might be slow, but it takes minimal effort. There are multiple approaches to passive composting including: compost rings, trenching, closed-lid bins, and large piles.
Bokashi composting is an anaerobic process that relies on inoculated bran to ferment kitchen waste. Bokashi bins can process veggies, meat, and dairy safety leaving you with nutrient-rich scraps that can be buried or added to a compost pile.
For individuals who are limited by space, finances, or hypercritical neighbors, the stealth bin provides a way to compost at home! Cornell Composting provides a simple how-to guide.
Soil Cycle's demonstration garden showcases permaculture techniques and focuses on medicinal, edible, and native plants. We have compiled information both from Soil Cycle and from other local organizations.
Building your own compost and soil is both rewarding and incredible for the Earth. We have compiled some sources of how to use compost in your yard and garden.
Through a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation we teach gardening for wildlife. Keeping water, shelter, food, and pollinators in mind provides space for both humans and nonhuman species to thrive.
Sustainable gardening often means small, local, and native systems. Since healthy habitats are dominated by cnative plants, we have complied a limited list of Western Montana resources.
Education for Kids
Understanding Food Waste
In the United States, over one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste. Food waste is a major issue that happens at all levels of the food system. Reducing food waste can impact climate change, soil health, food security, and landfilling issues. There are many wonderful resources available that explain this issue in greater depth and offer tools to help. Here is just an overview.