photo(1)An article posted this morning on LancasterOnline.com highlights that Franklin & Marshall College and Millersville University have joined a federal program called the Food Recovery Challenge and are now composting food scraps from the universities’ kitchens, dining halls and on-campus restaurants. How cool?

According to the article, “in 2011, the U.S. created more than 36 million tons of food waste, making it the top material sent to landfills. Once landfilled, food decomposes rapidly and becomes a major source of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, EPA noted.” This is, of course, a terrible thing. To put it plainly, methane = bad.

We’re happy to report, however, that we, too, take measures to compost all of our food scraps and leftovers in The Farmette. Each week, Laurel then takes our compost bin to the good folks at Lancaster Farmacy to be composted. We also have a small composter located on our green roof that we’ve been turning and turning over the last year to make our own compost for use in our rooftop garden!

Want to get your home composting operation going? The internet (you’ve heard of this tool, correct?) is teeming with step-by-step guides and how-to’s to help you get your operation going. With the new year fast approaching, why not take this time to study up on composting and make a New Year’s resolution that will help make your garden happy!