Me? Compost?

The EPA estimates up to 30 percent of what ends up in the landfills is food scrap or yard waste that could and should be composted. If you are like me, I wasn’t really sure what composting was or how to do it, but it seemed like I should figure it out.  But where do I even start? 

Riley County K-State Research and Extension is a great local resource to get started. Contact Gregg Eyestone, Horticulture Agent with any questions you may have. You can reach him by calling 785-537-6350 or by email at

One of the resources Gregg highly recommends is a K-State Research and Extension publication titled, “Make Compost, a Beginner’s Guide.”

I learned all about S.M.A.R.T. composting from our Texas A&M friends – Size, Moisture, Aeration, Ratios, and Temperature linked here. This resource also has a great color-coded guide for what to compost and what to avoid.

Between Gregg’s sound advice and these two easy to read and understand guides, I CAN compost! No more, me? Compost?

Vickie James is a Registered, Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, and Coordinator for the Food and Farm Council of Riley County and City of Manhattan.

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