#SOSBlackGold S.O.S. Black Gold references the phrase which has connections to oil drilling, to re-branded forms of jewelry, and even political forms of corruption. Coincidentally, gardeners also call compost Black Gold because of its value in improving garden soil for growing foods. Approximately 12% of our garbage is food waste, and when this is thrown into landfills it is a costly waste of a valuable resource. When Tattfoo learned this he decided to can his worm casting from his compost to make it available for sale as art. His point was that if it was purchased as an artwork, it would confront or cause the dilemma for the art collector to then use the compost as a plant fertilizer. If the soil were used, then it would lose its status as a work of art. Tattfoo also decided to price S.O.S. Black Gold at the same price as the current gold value, as a way to make a statement that we should value our soil, where we grow our food, at the same level or price that we value gold. Vermicomposting is composting with worms which accelerates the natural process of decomposition creating worm castings or worm manure including humus with high absorption abilities and more nutrients.
ACTION STEPS 1. Identify a location in your garden or on your patio or balcony for a medium to large compost bin 2. Construct a bin with recycled woods or purchase one through your city or county Bureau of Sanitation 3. Find a smaller counter top size container with lid for your food scraps (only raw, uncooked, no oil, bread, fish or meat) 4. Make sure you have a mixture of green waste from your kitchen/yard, brown waste such as recycled non glossy papers/leaves, water and air at all times (too much moisture or too dry is not good, and keep it stirred up every week)
5. If you want you can add worms, but make sure your bin is designed to collect liquids at the bottom which you can use as fertilizer called worm tea 6. Harvest your compost to amend soil in your flower beds or pots and your food garden (this can take up to six months or more) 7. Once you get a fine black soil at the bottom of your bin, you can place it in glass jars and sell it like Tattfoo as an artwork and also a way to educate others about composting
recommended resource :
How to Compost http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/inside-nature/infograpic-how-tocompost/8281/
S.O.S. BLACK GOLD