2019 January Newsletter
A New Year + New Website Feature = $AVINGS FOR YOU
We are excited to announce the addition of a Shopping Cart to our website! We are still available by phone to answer questions and process your order; however, customers can now complete their purchases online at their convenience.
Thank you Noran S. of South Carolina for being our very first online customer!
To CELEBRATE, we are continuing our Holiday Savings offer through the month of January by offering 10% off all new purchases that are completed online. When you are ready to $ave, simply visit the PURCHASE page on our website and use the new shopping cart feature to purchase our compost system. Enter NEWYEAR10 at checkout to receive your discount. Please call us if you have any questions: 360-568-8085
Opportunities to Learn
|On-Farm Composting Workshop
January 25 or 26, 2019
Deale Community Library in Deale, MD
O2Compost and Veteran Compost will be teaming up once again to host another On-Farm Composting Workshop in Maryland. These workshops are offered through a grant-funded project with the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The goal is to teach participants how to compost manure and a wide range of agricultural residuals in an effort to improve surface and ground water quality throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
Each one-day workshop will include presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and ample time for open discussion among the participants. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided. Following the classroom discussion at the Deale Community Library, the group will travel in their personal vehicles to the Veteran Compost demonstration site which features aerated compost systems for all scales of operation. The workshop will begin at 9:00am and conclude at 4:00pm.
The workshop is FREE for Maryland residents and $35 for non-residents, and it includes 6 hour (s) credit (CEU's) approved by the MDA Nutrient Management Program. Please help us promote the event by sharing this information with friends, family and co-workers. Spread the word!
Space is limited, so REGISTER online to reserve your spot. For your convenience, two days are available to choose from.
Questions? Contact Peter Moon at 360-568-8085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|USCC Compost 2019
January 28-31, 2019
The U.S. Composting Council's Conference & Trade Show is an annual event consisting of a variety of workshops, tours and featured speakers. On Monday, January 28, Peter Moon will be a guest speaker on the Foundations of Composting between 8:00am and 4:30pm. Visit the Compost 2019 website to learn more about the conference and to register as an attendee.
Looking Forward to Spring
Now that winter has officially arrived and you've celebrated the New Year with family and friends, it's a good time to look ahead at your farm improvement projects for spring and summer. O2Compost offers compost systems for all varieties of organic wastes and for all scales of operation. Visit our website to see examples of our past Projects.
We invite you to give us a call for a free 1/2 hour consultation to share the specifics of your situation and to ask all of your questions about aerated composting. Taking action this winter to finalize the design of your compost system will put you at the front of the line when it comes to securing a contractor to build it for you. Best of all, this time next winter your system will be fully operational and you will have resolved the expense and mess of managing manure in the wet and cold.
Food Recovery Challenge
|In 2011, O2Compost worked with Laura Cassidy and the Philadelphia Prison system to compost food waste that was being generated at a 700 bed women's detention facility. We provided the design and equipment for an aerated block bay compost system (shown here) along with extensive operator training services and long-term technical support.
This pilot project was very successful and was expanded over time to include food waste from the city's other detention facilities - eight in all.
On December 11, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the City of Philadelphia Department of Prisons for its food recovery achievements that include composting 44,344 tons of wasted food in 2017, which saves the city approximately $28,000 in landfill fees. Along with the composting, the prison system's food recovery program provides inmates with hands-on job training in composting, horticulture, and urban gardening onsite at the Orchard Program.
The city was among more than 1,000 governments, businesses and organizations nationwide that participated in the 2017 EPA Food Recovery Challenge. Nationwide, Food Recovery Challenge participants diverted nearly 648,000 tons of wasted food from entering landfills or incinerators in 2017.
Frequently Asked Question
QUESTION: What exactly do you mean when you offer every new client "unlimited technical support"?
ANSWER: Each O2Compost Training Program includes four basic features:
- The design of the aerated compost system, specific to your needs and preferences;
- An aeration equipment package, including a blower, timer, valves and a 36" long temperature probe;
- A detailed operations manual that discusses the principles of composting and includes step-by-step procedures; and
- Unlimited Technical Support
Our goal is for every one of our compost systems to run smoothly and efficiently such that raw manure is converted into finished compost in 30 to 45 days. Composting is actually quite easy, provided the operator understands a few key fundamentals and follows a clearly defined step-by-step process.
During the start-up phase of operation, we will help you test your new compost system and provide guidance in the preparation of the initial compost mix. We also help you set the On/Off cycle timer to optimize the composting process, based on the pile temperatures and qualitative observations.
If you have questions or concerns at any future date, we encourage you to give us a call. We will ask you a series of diagnostic questions and then offer recommendations for making modest changes to your method of operating the system. All of this is included with your initial payment for your O2Compost system.
Most of our clients are confident with their composting skills within a batch or two. On rare occasion, we help troubleshoot a system years after it was constructed. We are proud of the fact that we have never charged more money for extended technical support - and promise that we never will.
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