Last Saturday, a crew of nine college students and their teacher Lynn Guenette came out for a volunteer weekend. Since it was too wet to till or plant, they mostly painted the fence, Tom Sawyer style, and got it nearly halfway done. We cannot express our appreciation enough, although we did attempt to by making them wood-fired pizza!
Our garbage sorting is rather detailed: Large veggie scraps (like broccoli and cabbage ends) for the cows; table scraps sorted for poultry and worms - and occasionally dogs and cats; the organic stuff that no critters really like (e.g citrus peels) for the outdoor compost piles; then various recycling and reuse sorts; and finally garbage, which is usually a pretty minimal amount! The garbage gets the kitty-litter, a few greasy/meat scraps we don't want in our compost, and unrecyclable packaging (which we attempt to avoid), plastic-y feed sacks and baling twine. We still have a ways to go to get to our goal of zero-waste, though.