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Re: It's over!/compost

Sounds like it was a smash hit. You'll probably be tapped for a repeat next year, so save the master copy of your booklet.

Having materials for attendees to touch and heft is always a winner. At the tropical fruit lecture that Ms Fatma and I went to a couple of weeks ago, the highlight was clearly the tropical fruit that one of the locals brought. At the end of the show, they carved them up so everyone got a taste as well as a look-see.

On Saturday, March 5, 2005, at 06:27 PM, Fort Wayne, IN wrote:

Dear Friends,
I just wanted to write and thank all of you for your support, information,
and treasures some sent, to help me with my presentation at the Home &
Garden Show. It went well. I had an audience of 77; the MG who assisted me
stretched out my 60 booklet handouts by only giving one to couples. The
powerpoint presentation I had on a borrowed laptop connected to a provided
projector and it all flowed seamlessly - except for the time I dropped the
microphone. I was happy I had samples of materials and bulbs to show as
most of the other speakers simply relied on slides and I think some of the
attendees enjoyed the opportunity to actually see and touch the materials.
Thank goodness it is over, though. On to real gardening.

The last presentation yesterday was on composting so I thought I'd see if
the speaker had anything new to say. Well, it was nothing like what I
expected. He is the president of Hoosier ReLeaf and he showed videos of his
38 acre composting site. They compost absolutely everything - drywall,
sawdust, manure, all building materials, leaves, etc. He began this in
conjuction with a local construction company when Indiana was pushing to
reduce yardwaste going to landfills. Then the state decided it didn't care,
so of course, the construction company didn't care either and dumped the
project. This man, owner of a nursery, was able to scrape up enough money
to buy just one of the machines. And now he does it himself. It is
soooooooooo amazing! I haven't seen the website yet, but you might like to
look at it:
He explained how, if McDonalds changed just their straws, he could compost
all their waste. If Pizza Hut changed just their pop lids, he could compost
everything. But he can't get in to talk to the right people. He sells his
compost for about $70 a ton. He says they do the same thing in CA, but
there they get $400 per ton. When he worked with the county, he was able to
do 26 times as much as he can on his own, but he still keeps 14 rows of
compost going all the time. Unfortunately, he said the state is making some
new zoning restrictions and they pay force him down to only one row, which
would put him out of business.

How can Indiana be so incredibly stupid? Separating yardwaste isn't
difficult and the benefits are from here to the moon. Instead, everything
goes to the dump.


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Island Jim
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