yay! It's my first post on Permies for the longest time!
Ok, so it's not exactly a CIRCUS circus, but it's a supported bike ride with 300 riders and 50 or so crew. Naturally, they're riding through some very rural areas. Naturally, they're generating a lot of compostable food waste. Naturally, they're putting it in plastic bags and tossing it in landfills... <cue scratchy record sound effect> nah nah nah, lets change that last part.
I want to find farmers and permies and others along the routes that could use the food scraps to feedcompost piles, pigs, chickens, or worms or methane digesters. How do I do it? (non-waste-related side note: I would also like to find farmers and homesteaders along the way who have farmy products that they might offer for sale to these kind, affluent, mostly urban riders when they are passing through)
Here are the routes. The rides happen next summer (late June/early July). Please help me, mighty Permie hive-mind!
Oregon: stopping in Condon, Moro, Maupin, Fossil, Spray, and Heppner
Montana: stopping in Missoula, Darby, Jackson, Wise River, Philipsburg, and Ovando.
Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep loam/clay with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
posted 11 months ago
great idea to try to solve!
"We're all just walking each other home." -Ram Dass
"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder."-Rumi
posted 11 months ago
Hmmm, okay, crickets are excellent food for chickens, so I'll take it.
I know the towns we are going to are super tiny - can anybody refer me to a map-like thing that might help me find folks local to our stops who could give me some insider information about whose pigs need watermelon rinds?
I would start my hunt with the local extension service folks.
Alternatively you would probably want to get the word out via news paper, news on TV and social media.
One other idea is to provide barrels for the riders and crew to toss the leftovers into at each stop and then pick those up and deliver those to those who show an interest in composting these "wastes".
Thanks Redhawk, that's a brilliant idea about the Extension agents! I'm on it!
I think we have the same vision - basically at the end of each day we have x number of 5 gallon buckets that we can transport to one or more nearby farms for feeding to livestock or composting. I think that number would be in the 40-50 range.
I don't think you can use compostable napkins and stuff when you are feeding animals, can (should) you?
The paper products would need to be separated for strictly composting, paper can create lots of issues with a bovine stomach system.
I'd look more on the composting side than the animal feeding side (unless you can find a hog farm, hogs can and will eat just about anything), that way you won't have any possibility of a law suit later on (not that you would loose it but that can be a real hassle).