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Types of Compost Bins

w360The composting process requires you to have a compost bin. There are numerous types of bins that you can buy or build for use. Take a look at some of them.

  • Plastic Stationary Bins

They are ideal for continuous composting not batch composting. Most models have air vents on the sides, and they are built from recycled plastics. Search for a securely fitting lid and doors to help you access the end product.

  • Tumblers or Rotating Bins

These composters are good for creating sets of compost all at once. You can gather organic materials till it fills the bin then put it in and rotate on a daily basis or after two days. When you shred the materials before you put them in these bins, and there is enough nitrogen, you compost can be ready in five weeks or even less.

  • Wire Bin

You can create this compost bin and put it in your backyard. You can acquire some fence wire at the local hardware and then tie the ends to create the hoop. You can learn about the various types of compost bins at Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute.

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  • Trash Can Bin

It is another type of compost bin that does not take up so much of your time. You can learn how to convert your trash can into a composting bin in an easy procedure.

  • Block or Brick or Stone Bin

It is an easy composter to build. You can put down the blocks with mortar if it is available or without when it is no and leave some spaces between every block. In doing so, you allow aeration.

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  • Wood Pallet Bin

You can also use unwanted wooden pallets that factories and stores have to make a compost bin. Place it upright and append the corners with chain, wire or rope. You can also opt to use the fourth pallet as a floor to heighten the flow of air. A used carpet can also be ideal as you can place it on the compost pile to decrease the loss of moisture and to ensure that snow and rain do not reach your compost pile.

  • Two- or Three-Bay Wood Bin

When you have many bins, you can use one area to store materials, the other for active composting and another to store the ready compost. Ensure that each bin is roughly 3x3x3 feet and ensure there are air spaces on the sidewall slots. It is also advisable to have lift-out slats so that they are easily accessible.

You can know what to consider when buying compost bins at Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute. Feel free to check Regenerative Leadership Institute page.

Permaculture – Modern Organic Farming

Permaculture can prove to be the best form of modern organic farming

Tyler Burgardt and his better half Claire Burgardt from western Kenya recently made it in the headlines because of their Permafarm.  The couple started its journey from Indiana, and ended up developing farm in western Kenya because of their love for street kids.

Claire and her husband Tyler decided to move to Kenya as Claire decided to participate in her University’s program conducted at one of local hospitals in Eldoret (small town in Kenya).  She is a general surgeon. Tyler has co-founded small startup that works in health care sector in Kenya.

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Permafarm is slowly attracting attention in Kenya

During their first few weeks in Kenya, they came across so-called housing boom. But along with this housing boom also saw thousands of homeless kids living in corners of various streets. Most of them were school dropouts, and they had no other option but to beg.

The couple has two kids, one is an infant and elder one is three years old.  They found it extremely difficult to ignore these homeless children and decide to do something for them.In May this year, Mr and Mrs Burgardt formed the Tumaini permaculture farm. This farm is completely managed by street kids. Its products are vegetables, fruits, rice, eggs, fish, etc. This project is an extended part of Tumaini Innovation Center that is run by Burgardt’s colleagues and friends. Tumaini Innovation Center offers education, housing, and other facilities for street kids.  Currently, the institute is helping 11 street kids.

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If you believe the couple, around 70 percent of population in Kenya lives on income of $2 or less per day.  One may not need large number of resources and funding to bring social changes in such countries. Tyler recently interacted with journalists and shared some details about the project. He pointed out that they were able to purchase land at cheaper rate as people were not completely aware about using soggy soil land for sustainable farming with available resources. They have planted 23 different types of fruits, nuts, and 127 trees. They have around 50 chickens in the farm for adequate supply of fresh eggs. Farm produces products like spinach, taro, onions, kale, rice, etc.

Burgardt paid around $12,000 for their 2.5 acres of current farmland. They have also started their campaign on crowd funding site to raise funds for their next farm. Tyler is looking forward to collect $45,000 for their dream farm that would help 100 street children to stand on their own feet. Their organization is also educating street kids involved in this project about permaculture farming. This involves designing sustainable farmland that uses renewable resources for farming, what you can find out if you read permaculture design manual.

Vladislav Davidzon’s institutes are spreading the knowledge

Davidzon’s regenerative leadership institute is one of the most trusted names when it comes to permaculture education.  The institute is present in 190 plus countries with millions of students. Lawyers, activists, doctors, students, and other professionals join these institutes to learn about sustainability. Institutes offer the best sleeping facilities along with non-processed, vegan, organic food items to eat.