The Many Shades of Green
The weekly radio show on BBOX internet radio, The Many Shades of Green, is a fabulous introduction to the many enviro-entrepreneurs in Brooklyn hosted by Maxine Rubin a self-described 'Greeniac.'
The broadcast on September 25 at www.bboxradio.com will feature Maxine Rubin's interview with Vandra Thorburn, founder and president of Vokashi - kitchen waste solution.
"I'm thrilled to be on air with Maxine," says Vandra. "Her program is a testament to the creativity of hundreds of Brooklynites building sustainable practices in the arts, health and food, and recycling and repurposing industries."
Just a little over two years after its genesis, The Many Shades of Green will have broadcast over 100 interviews by Halloween 2013 introducing people and their ideas, companies and organizations to BBOX listeners to help them make smarter choices that positively impact the earth.
Maxine Rubin has been involved with the media business as a content producer and part-time co-host for Air America (Marc Sussman's Money Message) and she hosted and produced Village Green on WDFH.
Vandra Thorburn is among a growing number of gardeners and environmentalists using the Japanese method of fermenting food scraps called EM-Bokashi. The process of fermenting food scraps is easy, simple and safe. Dozens of households and small-scale kitchens are managing their food scraps by tossing waste into an airtight bucket and applying a handful of bran which contains the microorganisms that begin the fermentation process. Fermentation is the alternative to rotting food.
"In a city where food scraps are associated with rotting food and attraction for rats," explains EM-Bokashi advocate, Shig Matsukawa, "fermentation is the solution. We use naturally occurring beneficial microorganisms that prevent the food waste from rotting. No rot: No odors: No pests: No pathogens."
You can listen to Vandra Thorburn on The Many Shades of Green by going to www.bboxradio.com and clicking "listen" at the following dates and times:
On air: 9/25 @ 2p; 9/26 @ 9:30a; 9/28 @ 8a; 9/30 @ 10am.
The show will also be available in the BBOX radio archives after the air dates at www.themanyshadesofgreen.com
Compost site prepped to manage a ton of food scraps a week
Our demonstration site at Marine Park Golf Course exhibits three methods of composting fermented food waste:
1. PIT .. a pit 4'x4'x12' is filled with 2 tons of food waste mixed with soil and sawdust. The pit is covered with a tarp and carpet and material is left for three to four months to decompose.
2. BIN .. a 4'x4'x9' bin made of pallet walls lined with burlap bags from coffee roasting company is filled with mixture of food waste, soil and sawdust and covered with carpet. Bin can hold ton of material which is left for two months to decompose. Bin has yielded 1 cubic yard of amended soil which the golf club uses for its ornamental flower beds.
3. BEDS .. 4'x2'x12' bed made of reconstructed pallets and lined with burlap bags from coffee roasting company is filled with 1/2 ton mixture of food waste and leaves. Mixture is left for one month to decompose and then turned into second bed adding more food waste and leaves. At fourth month material can be sifted to produce 'compost.'
Student wins with EM-1 and Vokashi projects
Student wins with EM-1 and Vokashi projects Nicholas Lee (Environmental Sciences) received the Environmental Quest: Michael G. Mann Award for projects that promote the objectives and mission of Environmental Quest; to bring awareness to the man-made and natural environment.
Project: Creating Soil with Fermented Food Waste
Jenny Ng was a semifinalist in the Young Naturalist Awards competition sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History for her project "Will Mudballs Containing Effective Microbes Improve Water Quality in Ponds?" The Young Naturalists began in 1998 as a way to reward middle and high school students for outstanding research done in the natural environment. Jenny is the first Midwood Science student to win an award in this competition ever!
Congratulations Shivani and Shweta
Shivani and Shweta are students at John F. Kennedy High School in Plainview, Long Island. In the middle of the winter they called Vokashi for information about our composting methods. They developed a project now called "Fertilizer Gone Green", which they placed in three environmental competitions:
1. Siemens We Can Change the World: placed as National Finalists
2. The Research Association Fair: given honorable mentions
3. Molloy College High School Science Fair: given honorable mentions
Here is a link to their Facebook page, Fertilizer Gone Green.
"It is just so encouraging to see these students studying the world of microorganisms," says Vandra Thorburn, president of Vokashi - kitchen waste solution.
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