Great deal on a compost bin

Earth Machine Composter

I recently discovered that in addition to offering compost for sale, the Southern Utah Valley Solid Waste District also sells the Earth Machine, a great compost bin at a great price.  Most comparable compost bins I have found usually go for at least $100, but we got ours for $30 (by living within their district and getting my brother to buy one with us for the bulk discount).  I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I’m very pleased with it.

You can buy them from the SUVSWD’s Springville location at 2450 West 400 South (in Springville).  They are only open between 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and accept cash or check.  The facility mostly processes individuals’ deliveries to the dump there, so you may know more about the compost bin than the person you talk to.  Be sure to insist on the price posted on their website—the woman I dealt with was ready to charge me $10 more than she should have.

I’ve been surprised by how much we have been able to put in our compost bin that would have otherwise gone to the landfill.  Not only is this friendlier to the earth, but it is also quite friendly to our garden. 

I highly recommend the earth machine.  It is only sold through local municipalities, so it is quite likely that you can get one at a comparable price even if you don’t live in south Utah Valley.

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Community Food Co-op of Utah

All of my local readers need to know about this.  The Community Food Co-op of Utah is an organization that provides a monthly opportunity for people in Utah to purchase a share of groceries at a greatly recuded rate (made possible by bulk purchasing).  Although the primary focus is to make low-cost food available to those in need, they seem to do a pretty good job of getting food that is relatively local. 

The full share they are offering for the month of May at $21 includes 2 lbs. chicken thighs, (2) 6oz. top sirloin steaks, 2 lbs. pork spareribs (bone-in), 1 lb. lean ground beef (85/15), fresh fruit (3 varieties), fresh vegetables (5 varieties), Stone Ground’s whole wheat bread, and 16 oz. rice.  Not bad, eh?  They also offer half shares with fewer items and lower quantity and harvest shares that leave out the meat.

The great part is that not only can everyone join the co-op, but it actually benefits them and the community to have more people participate (regardless of income level).  This is because more co-op members means more leverage with bulk purchasing.  Also, the co-op requires that members give 2 hours of service to anyone outside of their families (including, but not limited to the co-op) for each month that they purchase from the co-op.  So, even if your grocery budget is doing fine you can serve the community and save some money while you are at it by joining the co-op.