Summer of Soil

It’s a busy summer this year! I am preparing to teach the Composting Ecology course at the University of Vermont for a month from mid-July to mid-August. Before that happens though, we are celebrating the launch of a community compost program in Claremont, CA. And I am giving a talk on the Power of Soil at the Pasadena Library. Both events are free and open to the public. Come check them out if you’re around!

Community Composting at the Claremont Friends Meeting: Sunday, July 1 from 11am – 1pm we are having a Launch Day Celebration. This program will accept residential food waste from 30 families from within the Friends Meeting House program. This eliminates transportation emissions associated with hauling entirely, as member families are already going to the Friends Meeting House for community programming, and will just need to bring their bucket of food scraps with them. At our Launch Day Celebration, we will talk about the basics of composting and build our inaugural pile. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other like-minded folks, get some physical activity, and do meaningful work together. This program is being launched through a local organization called Sustainable Claremont.

The Power of Soil at the Pasadena Library: Saturday, July 7 at 10:30am I will be talking about the importance of soil health in maintaining the health and well-being of people, the environment, and our communities. I will provide a broad overview of soil and society, the importance of the microbiome, and the transformative power of community scale programs.

I’ll be visiting farms and compost operations in New England while I’m there. If you’d like to have me speak, teach, or consult on any kind of compost program, I’ll be available in September!

Punk Rock Compost Cafe

It’s happening! Old school punk rock meets rotting food waste in this celebration of death and decay at Artemisia Nursery. Yours truly and my wonderful fellow compost queen Alexandra Carbone will share our visions and experiences of composting at urban farms and gardens in LA County, followed by a quick and dirty pile building demonstration, and freeform Q&A and mingling over soil and Iggy Pop. Free coffee provided by 3Coffee.LA, as well as free herbal and caffeinated teas. Come talk about dirt over the sounds of the Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Joan Jett, Misfits, Black Flag, The Adicts, TSOL, and more!

This is a free event happening Saturday, May 26 from 11am – 1pm. See you there!

Plant Playlist: Viola Heartbeats

Weird and utterly endearing. Looks adorable but can bite. You think it’s totally cute and innocuous but then it starts judging you for being an ugly flower person and maybe even a noxious weed that needs to get kicked out of the bed (Alice in Wonderland).

Sometimes life is good to me and there’s a lucky moment where the song that I’m playing is a perfect expression of the plants I’m tending to. Viola, meet The Knife – Heartbeats.

It’s a song one of my childhood best friends introduced to me in the 2005 era. It expresses to me a social dysphoria that can be appreciated and enjoyed. A kind of strange you might like to be around.

One night to be confused
One night to speed up truth
We had a promise made
Four hands and then away

Both under influence
We had divine scent
To know what to say
Mind is a razor blade

To call for hands of above
To lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough
For me, no

One night of magic rush
The start a simple touch
One night to push and scream
And then relief

Ten days of perfect tunes
The colors red and blue
We had a promise made
We were in love

To call for hands of above
To lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough
For me, no

To call for hands of above
To lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough

And you, you knew the hands of the devil
And you, kept us awake with wolf teeth
Sharing different heartbeats
In one night

To call for hands of above
To lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough
For me, no

To call for hands of above
To lean on
Wouldn’t be good enough
For me, no