Shakefork Farm – Chickens

FullSizeRender(6)Melanie and Kevin Cunningham from Shakefork Farm CSA are know for producing grains in Humboldt County.  They recently began a new venture, raising “meat” chickens for sale to the public.  To hear about this new venture and to find out how they are raising these chickens listen to this interview


Happy chickens race forward every morning to be the first ones on the new grass

Chicken’s eye view of the tractor

Chickens have access to all the fresh grass and unsuspecting bugs with each move — along with ability to feed on organic feed at any time

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Juliette Bohn – Biodigester, Humboldt Waste Management Authority

Who knew?!  20% of the waste in our garbage cans is food waste.  Ok, some of you compost I’m sure and the amount is less than that — but, according to Juliette Bohn of the Humboldt County Waste Management Authority, most people don’t.  And — our garbage is getting hauled a long distance (Redding CA or White City OR) to end up in the land fill.  One possible solution is the development of a biodigester here in Humboldt County — want to know more?  Listen to the interview with Juliette

The first photo is the East Bay Municipal Utility District waste water treatment plant in Oakland CA — they are really pioneering food waste digestion in California.  This digester is part of a waste water treatment plant that serves a MUCH larger community than the communities served here in Humboldt County.

The second photo is the HWMA Hawthorne St. transfer station Eureka tip floor and the pile of trash which contains food waste and everything else.

The third photo is the elegant UC Davis pilot high rate organic waste digester system.  Efficient and awfully nice looking as well!

The flow diagram file is also attached so you can see what the HWMA Regional Food Waste Digester Facility and system would look like.

Flow diagram HWMA Regional Food Waste Digester Facility

East Bay MUD Plant

 

In Eureka -- where currently all food waste and other waste comes together...hopefully this will become a thing of the past!

 

UC Davis Digesters