Thursday, May 5, 2011

Composters are on site!!

Our facility at Dairy Creek Golf Course is attempting to become a zero waste golf course incorporating normal composting with Earth Tubs, worm composting with worm binning, and compost tea brewing as the third component. We will be utilizing food waste from our F&B operations and combining that material with our green waste harvested from various operations among the golf course and parks maintenance practices. We will begin the process by composting and brewing tea to then spray across our greens with the intention of decreasing chemical inputs like fertilizer, wetting agents, water usage, and fungicides. Our ultimate goal is to utilize the tea for direct injection into our irrigation system for utilization across all 88 acres of our irrigated turf areas.

We are working in conjunction with a local non-profit named Environmental Protection Associates Inc. They have been the mastermind behind the facility design and have worked alongside of our staff to develop ideas and systems to enable our facility to do something bigger than reduce our inputs on the golf courses, but to reduce the amount of waste that is passed along and disposed of in landfills across the country. We hope to develop a system and set of protocols that can then be copied by other golf courses, hospitals, community living facilities, schools, and other similar types of operations. Below you can see some photos that have chronicled our progress so far. Stay tuned and I will keep you updated throughout this exciting project!

The composters have been moved onto the site. This is our pump house in the background.

Just another angle of the composter/pump house facility

We removed the fence to make room for the worm bins

We had a fantastic new arm of the Rotary International called Eco Rotary donate their time and energy to build these storage bins on site for us with the materials donated by Hayward Lumber

Another shot of the storage units

This will be the future site for the Earth Tub composters that were donated by Integrated Waste Management Authority

This is Richard a member of E.P.A. Inc. sanding down the worm bins for painting

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