JO in Action

Composting is one of the easiest and most effective ways to minimize your carbon footprint and build healthy soil. JO partner, Tom Vetne, has been a fanatic at it for 15 years. A master composter, he turns his own family’s food waste—and the coffee grounds, tea bags, and banana peels the office generates—into the dark, rich soil amendment prized by gardners everywhere. Tom is so compost-crazed committed to composting that he’s expanded his operations beyond the backyard pile he’s fawned over tended for over a decade. After years of nagging careful negotiations, Tom’s wife threw in the towel allowed him to try his hand at vermicomposting—the process of composting using earthworms instead of heat. The results after one year are promising: his wife hasn’t moved out his worms are thriving and producing copious amounts of compost for his wife’s roses which he has had to buy a lot more of to stay on her good side. If you’re inclined to start a backyard compost pile, you can find some helpful tips here. And if vermicomposting appeals to you, try this site.