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Oct 232014
 

namieszaj w ogrodzieAkcja edukacyjna dotycząca kompostowania

Zapraszamy wszystkich zainteresowanych na warsztaty edukacyjne, dotyczące powtórnego wykorzystania odpadów organicznych. Odbędą się w dniu 25 i 26 października br. (sobota, niedziela) w godz. 10:00-15:00 w 10 miejscach w Warszawie.Warsztaty będą się odbywały w cyklu ciągłym, jeden po drugim. Każdy warsztat przewidziany jest na ok. 30 minut.Warsztaty poprowadzą edukatorzy, którzy przeszkolą mieszkańców i zapoznają ich z zasadami prowadzenia kompostownika oraz wręczą materiały, niezbędne do rozpoczęcia produkcji własnego kompostu w przydomowym ogródku, w tym kompostownik oraz aktywator kompostu. Jest to akcja pilotażowa i jeżeli będzie się cieszyła zainteresowaniem mieszkańców, zostanie powtórzona na wiosnę. LOKALIZAJE:

SOBOTA – 25.10 g. 10-15

  • Centrum Kultury Łowicka, ul. Łowicka 21, Mokotów
  • Szkoła Podstawowa nr 115, ul. Okrężna 80, Mokotów
  • Urząd Dzielnicy Rembertów, ul. gen. Antoniego Chruściela “Montera” 28, Rembertów
  • Kampus SGGW, od al. J. Rodowicza „Anody”, Ursynów
  • Szkoła Podstawowa nr 171, ul. Armii Krajowej 39, Wesoła
  • Gimnazjum nr 114, ul. Malownicza 31 A, Włochy

 

NIEDZIELA 26.10 g. 10-15

  • Gimnazjum 86 w ZS nr 46, ul. W. Thommeégo 1, Bemowo
  • Zespół Szkół nr 43, ul. Kobiałka 49, Białołęka
  • Urząd Dzielnicy Bielany ul. S. Żeromskiego 29, Bielany
  • Dom Kultury Zacisze, ul. Blokowa 1, Targówek
  • Zespół Szkół nr 70, ul. Bajkowa 17/21, Wawer
  • Gimnazjum nr 55, Al. Wojska Polskiego 1 A, Żoliborz

 

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Educational action about composting

We invite all interested residents to participate in educational workshops about how to transform and benefit from your organic waste. On October 25 and 25 between 10-15, there will be workshops taking place in 12 different locations around Warsaw (see below). The workshops will run in cycles one after the other and last about 30 minutes. The workshops will train residents on the basics of composting, familiarize them with the compost bin, and show them how to turn kitchen and garden waste into compost. At the workshop, people will receive the training along with a 400-l compost bin and compost activator. This is a pilot program and if it attracts enough residents, will be repeated in the spring.

 

LOCATIONS

SATURDAY, OCT. 25 10-15

  • Centrum Kultury Łowicka, ul. Łowicka 21, Mokotów
  • Szkoła Podstawowa nr 115, ul. Okrężna 80, Mokotów
  • Urząd Dzielnicy Rembertów, ul. gen. Antoniego Chruściela “Montera” 28, Rembertów
  • Kampus SGGW, od al. J. Rodowicza „Anody”, Ursynów
  • Szkoła Podstawowa nr 171, ul. Armii Krajowej 39, Wesoła
  • Gimnazjum nr 114, ul. Malownicza 31 A, Włochy

 

SUNDAY, OCT. 26 10-15

  • Gimnazjum 86 w ZS nr 46, ul. W. Thommeégo 1, Bemowo
  • Zespół Szkół nr 43, ul. Kobiałka 49, Białołęka
  • Urząd Dzielnicy Bielany ul. S. Żeromskiego 29, Bielany
  • Dom Kultury Zacisze, ul. Blokowa 1, Targówek
  • Zespół Szkół nr 70, ul. Bajkowa 17/21, Wawer
  • Gimnazjum nr 55, Al. Wojska Polskiego 1 A, Żoliborz

 

Oct 232014
 

This is the 400-liter compost bin people will receive at the workshops on Saturday and Sunday.

To jest kompostownik (400-l), który mieszkańcy będą otrzymali na warsztaty w ten weekend. (OK – wiem, to jest słabo polski– proszę o pomóc)

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Sep 182013
 

On Monday it was time to remove the Kompostowisko at the Copernicus Science Center. Hopefully soon the organizers will share some event photos.

Aug 272013
 

Kompostowisko KopernikaSome of us grow food. Some of us cook it. But all of us eat it! (and all of us waste it!)

Growing, cooking, and eating generates A LOT of organic waste. On September 8 at the Przemiany Festival there will be a Breakfast at the River picnic at The Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw, Poland. There you can learn how to deal with all of that waste — by composting it back into fertile soil!

Organic waste makes up more than 50% of all the waste in Warsaw’s wastestream. The vast majority of it is dumped in the landfill, where it has terrible environmental consequences through the production and release of methane gas (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere—two notorious global warming gases. What’s tragic is that organic waste can easily be turned into humus ( the living, organic part of soil). This humus can be used to grow food, feed plants, and heal damaged land – even land damaged by landfills.

This year Warsaw is implementing new waste disposal laws and fees, putting our waste and its dirty secrets into the spotlight. The new laws impose a 40% fee for not segregating waste (that is, recycling). However it appears there is little incentive to actually reduce the quantity of waste or indeed to do anything at all about organic waste.

At the we are going to do something about it! We are going to compost all of the organic waste generated at the Festiwal’s picnic and show how we could safely compost our own waste on a local level. From 11-15.30 we will be collecting and composting all of the organic waste from the picnic on site. Come and learn how to compost organic waste by actually doing it!

Schedule
11-12 COMPOSTING BASICS / GETTING STARTED
We will discuss composting basics and what you can do right now with your own waste at home. We will also prepare the bin to accept the waste.

12-13.30 WASTE PICKUP AND COMPOSTING WORKSHOP
We will make the first rounds to collect the waste from the picnic vendors and participants, take it back to the composting site and compost it. Through this activity you will learn how to build a compost pile.

14-15.30 WASTE PICKUP AND COMPOSTING WORKSHOP
We will make the last rounds to collect the waste from the picnic vendors and participants, take it back to the composting site and compost it. Through this activity you will learn how to build a compost pile.

Thorughout the event you will be able to see compost in various states of decomposition, and see what a vermicomposting bin looks like (worm composting!)

KOMPOSTOWISKO KOPERNIKA
This project exposes the connection between consumption, eating, waste, and land not only by showing the consequences of waste, but also by demonstrating in a positive way that waste is really just fertility in disguise — and with a little bit of effort it can be recaptured and redirected, ultimately back into our own bodies.

PIXXE
Since 2011, Pixxe has been exploring and modifying public space and the use of land to create a more ecological, humane habitat for the life it supports. Activities include urban/community farming, community composting, foraging, eko-art projects, and DIY maker arts such as upcycling, crafting, citizen science, cooking and food preservation. See http://www.pixxe.org

JODIE BALTAZAR
Jodie is an American artist living in Warsaw since 2010. Her activities encompass numerous disciplines such as film and animation, craft, and social engagement. Her work explores how entities in an environment, living and otherwise, affect and control each other. At the heart of her concerns is the nature of Nature — our relation to it and place in it. She has been growing food organically since 1996 and composting waste since 2007. In 2011, in her Soil Garden Project, she composted over 20,000 liters of waste from the green market. She currently composts the waste of one hotel and about six families on her allotment garden in Rakowiec.

Nov 012012
 
Mikko and the Egg

Mikko and the Egg

Trashformers! …. More than meets the eye
Trashformers! …. Fixers in disguise
Trashformers wage the battle to destroy the evil forces of …. consumerism!

Yes, friends, that’s the best I could do. One doesn’t want to mess too much with genius television cartoon lyrics! A couple of months ago, back when it was warm, I went to a tiny spot in the former GDR, now simply called The Eastern Part of Germany, in a cool little place called Lausitzer Zeitreisen, and along with about 19 other awesome people made …. things …. out …. of …. TRASH! It was a meeting organized by Berlin’s fabulous TRIAL AND ERROR. THANKS!

Many others have posted links and photos about the gathering, so first I share:
ARTICLE: http://reciclarecreativa.ro/en/blog/2012/09/08/rezultatele-workshopului-de-9-zile-in-berlin/ (Romanian /English)
ARTICLE: http://humoenlaciudad.blogspot.com.es/p/trashformers.html (Spanish)
ARTICLE: http://www.trial-error.org/post/32665042881/trashformers-from-waste-to-design-what-happens (English)
PHOTOS: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/rosada/sets/72157631627589098/

It was called TRASHFORMERS. I didn’t bring a camera (broken!) and so a very grateful thanks to TauMH of Trial & Error for taking and sharing these pictures.

If you look at those pictures, you’ll see all the wonderful things we made: rabbit cages, silk screens, puppet theaters, puppets, paper, books, chairs, loungers, rocket stoves, sauna/sweat lodge, art, plus we learned a lot about group decision making and collaboration.

I got very  inspired with all the amazing metal objects lying around the place and made something I haven’t made for a very long time –  A DRUM KIT OUT OF JUNK! I built it right into the ground, as an addition to the kids playground that was already on the spot. The old washing drum had such a sweet sound! Ahh…. Here’s some pics (all taken by Tau).

Radu and I having a good scream!
Screaming Drummers

Sasha and Mark jamming!
Sasha and Mark jamming

Dingers from old washing machines!
Dingers from old washing machines

Detail of the lashing!
Lashing and wooden supports

My favorite part: a high hat made out of birch blocks!
Birch Block High Hat

Drumsticks out of cotton batting and sticks!
Cotton batting and sticks for Drumsticks

Making the sticks!
Making Drumsticks

Jodie the Semi-Conductor!
Jodie the Semi-Conductor

Oct 032012
 

We have more than 500 composting worms who need a home. This, in fact, is a very small amount of worms! Did you know that 1 kg of worms (that’s 1000!) can eat up to 0.5 kg a day in waste. That’s almost 4 kg per week. Come and and prototype worm bins with us on Saturday, October 6 from 13.00-17.00. We’ll be using wood pallets and plastic bins. If you can, bring a plastic bin at least 25 cm deep or a pallet!

Mamy ponad 500 dżdżownic kompostowych, które potrzebują domu. Przyjdź, zaprojektuj i zbuduj z nami protoyp pojemnika na dżdżownice z drewnianych palet i plastikowych pojemników.

HOME FOR A WORM

 

Aug 232012
 

2 Bikes. 2 Bike Carts. 5 Days. Nance Klehm, Jodie Baltazar and A BUNCH of other cool women, plus a few good men. 15,000 liters of waste. THIS was the SOIL GARDEN PROJECT! (And it’s not over! Every other Saturday we will continue…..) Photos by Nance Klehm, Jodie Baltazar, and Jen Knowlton.

EMPTY BINS AWAIT THE WASTE

EMPTY BINS AWAIT THE WASTE

BROWNS FOR COMPOSTING - STRAW, WOODCHIPS

BROWNS FOR COMPOSTING - STRAW, WOODCHIPS

FIRST WE TAKE THE BINS TO BANACHA MARKET

FIRST WE TAKE THE BINS TO BANACHA MARKET

IT'S NOT LONG BEFORE THE BINS ARE FULL

IT'S NOT LONG BEFORE THE BINS ARE FULL

WE LOAD UP THE CARTS WITH VEGETABLE SCRAPS AND CARDBOARD

WE LOAD UP THE CARTS WITH VEGETABLE SCRAPS AND CARDBOARD

WE RIDE TO THE GARDEN WITH THE PRECIOUS LOAD

WE RIDE TO THE GARDEN WITH THE PRECIOUS LOAD

WE CAN'T RESIST THE GARBAGE IN THE CARREFOUR BINS

WE CAN'T RESIST THE GARBAGE IN THE CARREFOUR BINS

THERE'S SO MUCH CABBAGE WE DECIDE TO CALL IT CABBAGE COMPOST

THERE'S SO MUCH CABBAGE WE DECIDE TO CALL IT CABBAGE COMPOST

WE TOP THE CABBAGE WITH STRAW, CARDBOARD, PAPER

WE TOP THE CABBAGE WITH STRAW, CARDBOARD, PAPER

IN THE AFTERNOONS NANCE LEADS WORKSHOPS ABOUT COMPOSTING

IN THE AFTERNOONS NANCE LEADS WORKSHOPS ABOUT COMPOSTING

THE FIRST THING IN THE NEW BIN: WOODCHIPS & CHUNKY YARD CLIPPINGS

THE FIRST THING IN THE NEW BIN: WOODCHIPS & CHUNKY YARD CLIPPINGS

HERE IS SOME WASTE FROM BANACHA THAT WILL GO IN THE BIN

HERE IS SOME WASTE FROM BANACHA THAT WILL GO IN THE BIN

BUT FIRST WE HAVE TO RIP THE WASTE

BUT FIRST WE HAVE TO RIP THE WASTE

AND WE HAVE TO CHOP THE WASTE

AND WE HAVE TO CHOP THE WASTE

SO MUCH TO CHOP. EVERYONE GETS A GO!

SO MUCH TO CHOP. EVERYONE GETS A GO!

SOME OF US PREPARE THE CARDBOARD

SOME OF US PREPARE THE CARDBOARD

THE TRANSLATOR DOES AN AWESOME JOB!! THANKS STAN!!

THE TRANSLATOR DOES AN AWESOME JOB!! THANKS STAN!!

NEXT WE ADD SOME HERBS LIKE VETCH....

NEXT WE ADD SOME HERBS LIKE VETCH....

...AND WHY NOT THROW IN SOME DANDELION???

...AND WHY NOT THROW IN SOME DANDELION???

NEXT WE MAKE SOME COMPOST TEA

NEXT WE MAKE SOME COMPOST TEA

ALL THAT WASTE AND THE BINS ARE STILL ONLY HALF FULL - WOW!

ALL THAT WASTE AND THE BINS ARE STILL ONLY HALF FULL - WOW!

Aug 142012
 
The garbage bins at Banacha

The garbage bins at Banacha

Yesterday, my wonderful friend Gaja and I went to the administration of Banacha. Some really nice people are in charge. I didn’t understand much, which made me sad, because the people were so interesting and funny and kind. What I did understand was that if I had a container with a lid, then I could take the waste. It seems we can take as much as we want, whenever we want, for as long as we want! The Pixxe Garden will be making a lot of humus this fall!

I also talked to really great person from Ulica Ekologiczna yesterday. And yesterday, the Gazeta Wyborcza published an article about Pixxe and my activities. It’s great to see such interest in the project. Hurrah.

Aug 112012
 
Banacha waste is pretty and good!

Banacha waste is pretty and good!

Today I did a test drive to see how it would work to take Banacha’s organic waste next week. At 7AM, I took a 120 liter (about 45 gallons) container to the amazing, beautiful woman who handles the garbage there. She told me she could fill it in an hour. She also told me that we could to the test today, but that the Security wants me to have permission from the market administration to continue next week. She gave me their number. I have to call on Monday. I’m scared. In my experience so far with Polish officials, “Permission” is another word for “No.” But she also said that they were nice people, so I can hope.

At 8AM, I returned and the container was full. We tried to put it in my bike cart. My bike fell over. Too heavy. So we put it into two huge garbage bags. That worked. The ride back was slow but smooth. The bearings in the wheels of the cart made a sound, however, that tells me they won’t be working long… I returned four times and collected about 800 liters or so.

With two bikes we could easily collect twice that much.

What’s great about fresh vegetable waste is that it is so beautiful and smells good! However, I can’t process it until tomorrow, when it might not be so pretty. Thank goodness the weather is cool…..

Aug 052012
 

Szukamy dawców odpadów

This is one phrase that definitely sounds better in Polish and one that most of us non-natives can actually pronounce: Dawców Odpadów [DAHV-tsoo ohd-PAH-doov].

SOIL GARDEN PROJECT to cultivate soil from waste

We want your (organic) waste

What is it:
Using bikes we will collect organic waste from residents, business, organiczations, and public institutions in Rakowiec and Szczęśliwice and turn it into soil. Currently we are looking for Waste Donors.

How it works:
First we determine what kind and how much waste you generate. We agree on how often, where, and when we can collect your waste. Next we provide you a container and start. If you live in the pick-up zone and produce 20 liters of waste per week, then you’re the right person. Don’t have enough waste? Combine yours with a neighbor!

When it will happen:
We can start with some pickups now, but the big effort will be from Friday August 17 to Tuesday August 22. We plan to continue the project  so if you are interested in participating, please let us know.