The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 50
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 50

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 22, 2001
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2 SUNDAY. APRIL 22. 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Kanza / City saves space, money FROM PAGE 1 "We didn't want to put it in the landfill anymore, so do you contract with someone or do it yourself? We thought it advantageous to contract with them," Kissinger said. "It's a terrible waste to put green waste and yard waste into a landfill." Individuals bring their yard waste as well, though it accounts for only a small amount of that left at Kanza. Schneider, who said he. spends a sizable amount on advertising, said he is frustrated by the lack of knowledge about Kanza, located about three miles west of Salina. "Every week, people come and don't know we're out here," he said. Schneider's family has owned the 200-acre farm for 110 years. UntU 1997, it was a dairy farm, but with falling profit margins, Schneider decided to devote 13 acres to Kanza Organics while maintaining livestock and crops on the remaining acreage. A grant dedicated to clean farms aided him in the JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Rodger Schneider has turned 13 acres of his farm west of Salina into a place for composting yard waste and making mulch out of tree limbs. start-up, because composting is a way to keep animal waste out of rivers and streams. Now, rich, black dirt stands in neat rows ready for harvest, and snowdrift-sized piles of mulch wait for pickup. Other grants, from the city and the Kansas Department of Health and En­ vironment, helped pay for the machine needed to turn the compost several times a week as it ferments. Schneider said the city's contract with him is about one-third of the cost of taking the waste to the city's landfill. Yard waste carts are available through the city for a onetime fee of $16. The city owns 4,000 carts. To obtain a cart, call 309-5740. 90 days to compost With premier conditions, it takes 90 days to create compost, Schneider said. Compost enhances the nutrients in the soil, creating an ideal growing environment. The process was started in 1905 in India to improve the soil quality. With an annual budget of about $70,000, Schneider said Kanza Organics is just able to "maintain." He doesn't get paid a salary for his work. "We're not doing the quality work we should be doing, but we don't have the money," he said. ~ See COMPOST, Page 3 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Garden Tools Large Selection of Trees & Shrubs'* Fashion Bath heelbarrows • Kitchen sign and Appliances io Furniture • Fertilizers, ulchers & Soils garden. 785-827-8774 • 1-800-249-8774 - 2450 S. Ninth St., Salina, KS

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