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Waste
Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

DECO’s President & Environmental Director, Anthony, founded a community garden in Pittsburgh’s Southside neighborhood in 2009. One of the first things he did was test the soil. Although he was aware that contamination in urban soils was common, it was difficult to interpret the results. Manganese and Barium? There were no resources to explain what...
Compost

Compost

“It’s not about killing the bad guys,” says Phipps Master Gardener Keith McNeish, “It’s about out-competing them.” McNeish spoke about organic compost at the¬†Homegrown workshop Thursday evening at the YMCA in Homewood. The Homegrown Edible Garden Program from Phipps Conservatory¬†is a hands-on gardening project that engages the Homewood neighborhood with creating a solution to their...
Reduce, Reuse, ReJuice

Reduce, Reuse, ReJuice

Our friends at Fresh From The Farms Juices & Salads on the Southside of Pittsburgh have come up with an excellent solution to reduce waste from their operations: Reusable Mason Jars.   Simply come into the store and ask for a mason jar instead of the traditional plastic bottle that is regularly offered. You can...