10 Things You Might Not Have Known About Soil

February 11, 2013


Planting season may seem far off with snow still on the ground in many parts of North America, but it’s never too early to start planning next year’s garden. To get you thinking green, here are 10 facts you may not have known about soil. Less than 10 percent of Earth’s surface is covered with Read more...

Composting: Thanksgiving Style

November 15, 2012

Photo David Goehring, Flickr

Thanksgiving is less than 10 days away and many are beginning to prepare for the feast that accompanies this great holiday. While people all over the country celebrate Thanksgiving with many different traditions (and our friends to the north partake six weeks earlier), one constant seems to remain throughout: great amounts of food. And with Read more...

The Importance of Compost for California’s Central Valley

October 22, 2012

Fields in Seville, CA (Image Courtesy Bruce Fingerhood, Flickr)

Mark Bittman recently wrote an excellent article for The New York Times Magazine about overfarming in California’s Central Valley, one of the most important agricultural regions on the planet. Though the enormous region is a plant paradise blessed with incredible soil and ideal weather conditions, the misuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides as well as Read more...

BioCycle West Coast Conference 2012 happening this week!

April 17, 2012


Waste management leaders are getting inspired with new ideas, new projects and new strategies this week at the 26th Annual BioCycle West Coast Conference 2012 in Portland, Oregon. This event is must -see for anyone around the Portland area who cares about processing organic residuals and is working to transform organics in the waste stream Read more...

Try Compost Tea!

April 14, 2012


Most of us know that chemicals in soil can wreak havoc on our soil quality, watersheds and our bodies. But let’s be real – often the desire for perfect veggies and landscapes outweigh concerns. The good news is that an increasing body of research demonstrates how compost applications, such as compost tea, not only helps Read more...

Taking “Sorting” To the Next Level

March 15, 2012


Portlandia fans may have noticed a nod to recycling with their clip, “Sanitation Twins.” Like most episodes, they take a regular situation – recycling sorting – to the highest level. Ahh, Portlandia, where coffee shops have four recycling bins for their cups, including rose bins for straws with lipstick. Satire aside, anyone who has implemented Read more...

As Seen on TV

March 8, 2012

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Grab some popcorn and check out our newest release on YouTube: a feature on Harvest Power by Terry Bradshaw’s Business Day TV! You may recall back in May 2011 when we told you the City of Vancouver is making valiant strides to be the Greenest City by 2020. The other municipalities are also on board Read more...

Digging into the Harvest Landscape Calculator iPhone App

February 23, 2012

Landscape Calculator

Did you know that Harvest developed a Landscape Calculator iPhone app to help calculate how much mulch, compost, soil or stone you will need for your next landscaping project? And it is free! To use it, simply enter the depth on the handy slider rule, add in the area of the project and poof! It Read more...

“Throw in the Know” – Four Tips for Savvy Sorting

February 16, 2012


At Harvest Power, we talk a lot about Source Separated Organics, Zero Waste programs, and putting organic materials to their highest and best use. The beauty of these programs are that the power to make a difference lies in our hands: By sorting our waste efficiently – food scraps, yard trimmings, recycling, and landfill-bound materials Read more...

Flatbread Pizza: Renewal Through Compost

February 16, 2012

According to its website, Flatbread Pizza’s mission is “providing both guests and employees a place to ‘renew their spirit.’” But spirits aren’t the only thing this delicious pizza company wants to influence: Flatbread also does its part to renew the environment. The company is a pioneer in the local, organic restaurant scene: Flatbread understands the Read more...

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