How to Compost Leaves Properly

EUGENE, Ore. — Now that leaves are changing colors, it’s the time of the year to decide what to do with all those leaves piling up in your front yard. And while the city of Eugene’s leaf pick-up program starts next month, adding leaves to your compost pile is another option. Local compost specialists say … Continue reading »

Sustainability at Da Vinci Days

CORVALLIS, Ore. — ¬†Participants of the 25th annual Da Vinci Days Festival in Corvallis are celebrating more than just the arts and sciences this weekend – they’re promoting sustainability. Friday afternoon, participants and vendors geared up for the festival, setting up their booths for show-and-tell or for bites to eat. Something new this year is … Continue reading »

Gardeners Put Compost to Work

EUGENE, Ore. — The weekend weather is shaping for outdoor activities like gardening. Spring flowers are blossoming in Barbara Dumesnil’s south Eugene home. They line the perimeter of this spectacular backyard. To get to the heart of the garden, you have to climb up. That’s where serious gardening happens. Dumesnil is a Master Gardener. Anything … Continue reading »

Experts Demonstrate Compost Skills

EUGENE, Ore. — How many of you have thought about composting but aren’t sure how to get started? A free demonstration this weekend aims to teach you how it works, which materials you should use and different methods you can choose from. “We’ll be showing people how to build a cold compost pile, which you … Continue reading »

Preserving Your Valentine’s Flowers

EUGENE, Ore. — A lot of flower deliveries will be made on Valentine’s Day. In fact, Gray’s Garden Center will drop off more than 200 bouquets Thursday. But we all know those blooms only last so long. To preserve them as long as you can, take the flowers out of the vase in a couple … Continue reading »

School Celebrates Composting Program

EUGENE, Ore. — Did you celebrate America Recycles Day Thursday? Students over at The Village School in Eugene did. They also used it as an opportunity to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Love Food, Not Waste Program. Each grade lined up just outside the school gardens to watch Rexius drop off its gift of … Continue reading »

Leaf Compost Available for Gardeners

EUGENE, Ore. — Western Oregon is getting a couple of days off from rain. It is a great time to prep the garden for winter. Jim Graham is closing up his garden plot at Amazon Community Garden. He uses a tarp as a cover. Other gardeners use leaves as mulch, putting about ¬†two inches on … Continue reading »

Schools Learn Commercial Composting

EUGENE, Ore. — From green to greener, students are back at school and some are learning how to commercially compost. At Adams Elementary School students aren’t just learning about going green. They are implementing a new green program. Adams Elementary and Spencer Butte Middle School are serving as pilot schools in the 4J district for … Continue reading »

Lane Forest Products Offers Composting Services

EUGENE/SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — One of the largest recyclers in Lane County might not be a business you immediately think about. Huge volumes of materials, once sent to landfills, are now sent to Lane Forest Products to be turned into valuable, reusable goods. The company takes yard debris and makes it into compost–even custom mixes–that can … Continue reading »

Eugene Schools Join Composting Program

By Kelsey Card EUGENE, Ore. — More of Eugene’s local schools are jumping on the composting bandwagon. The city of Eugene and the School Garden Project added five more elementary schools to their garden and compost programs. Adams Elementary has a composting program. On Friday, they hosted a workshop on how to maintain a fun … Continue reading »