It was so heartening Saturday to see likeminded people in my community at The Living Desert for the zoo's "Party for the Planet" Earth Day celebration.
A bunch of booths dedicated to subjects ranging from waterwise gardening to composting to solar energy lined the thoroughfare between the Palm Garden Patio and the hummingbird/butterfly pavilion. I flitted like a butterfly myself from one exhibit to the next.
A friendly warthog
High school kids showed us some neat, homemade experiments with temperature and water vapor. I pledged myself to be "green" for the next year with the Living Desert Green Team. I picked up a CD-Rom on "Lush & Efficient" landscaping from the Coachella Valley Water District. (Awesome website for CV gardeners, by the way.) Checked out some solar arrays for that time in the future when I am financially able to purchase one.
Looks yucky, tastes great.
Then I stopped by the Riverside County Waste Management Department booth to ask a question of the Master Composters who were stationed there. "Hey, I've been juicing this week and have saved all the remnants of my vegetables and fruits -- in a big bag on my kitchen counter. But I don't have anywhere to compost it yet! It's starting to reek!"
The kind woman said, "Stick it in the freezer. I do it with all my kitchen scraps. Freezing it breaks down the cell walls even more, and the stuff decomposes better."