DIY compost bin
10/14/2006 05:44:00 PM | Author: baloghblog

In the spirit of this newly announced competition, I put together a larger compost bin to collect our (and yes, possibly our neighbor's) leaves this fall. This will supplement our smaller secure bin that we use for kitchen scraps - It keeps the skunks out.


Killing two birds with one stone, I got rid of a good portion of my "reclaimed wood pile" (that was not Mrs. B's favorite), and built myself a fine compost bin.

A picture is worth a 1000 words, so without further ado:


(beginning of the frame)


(one side completed)


(partially complete)




(removable front slat)


(in situ)


Blending in to the fall landscape... and ready for the leaves.

The 2x4 posts were 4' in length, and the slat boards were reclaimed pine wall boards reclaimed from our basement. The final box size was 3'6" x 3'6" x 3'6" (approx).

Green is still 'in' in Syracuse
10/04/2006 06:18:00 PM | Author: baloghblog
Over the past 2 days I've noticed the following stories in the local paper:

Biodiesel & Schools:

A Different Way to Go

How about firing up the yellow school bus for a mere 50 cents a gallon?

That's exactly what's happening at Oswego County BOCES. Students are making biodiesel fuel out of used vegetable oil that is running some BOCES vehicles.


Locally, Oswego County BOCES runs three small 35-gallon school buses, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz sedan and a firetruck with biodiesel fuel.


What is a Food Co-op?

From the moment you walk into the Syracuse Real Food Co-op, it's clear that this is no ordinary grocery story.

Almost one full aisle contains bulk food dispensers filled with lentils, rice, sugar and granola. Nearly everything in the store is labeled organic, including an upright cooler full of meat. Fresh bread loaves come from Pasta's Daily Bread in Syracuse and Patisserie in Skaneateles.

And everyone really does know your name first and last.

and Energy related issues:

Pataki Signs Bill, Blocks (power)Line

Wind Farm Anniversary

Just as raindrops started to fall, 10 busloads of students from Cazenovia, Canastota and Morrisville lined up in the shape of a windmill. The students were wearing white hats and carrying pinwheels that spun in the town's well-known breeze, a breeze that turns 20 full-scale wind turbines. A biplane carrying a photographer flew over the 328-foot-tall towers to capture the students on film.

The event was planned to celebrate the five-year anniversary of the town's wind farm and the opening of the Fenner Renewable Energy Education Center, a project that has been in the works since the turbines started spinning.

Just posted for your reading pleasure.