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Solana Center for Environmental Innovation


Get involved in our food waste diversion program!

Our Food Cycle program allows community members who can't compost at home to still divert their food waste. Our triple bin aerated static pile system is on a precise timeline to get food scraps cooking and turned into finished compost to be sent back out into the community as fast as possible. Our team of volunteers is instrumental in this process!

We need help building a new pile from the collected food waste. Join us at this event and learn about composting and the amazing bokashi method!

In this event you will assist with:
  • Mixing fermented food waste with mulch, coffee grounds, water and other composting process ingredients
  • Piling mixture into our aerated static pile bin
  • Washing food waste collection buckets for redistribution
Volunteer Qualifications:
  • Must be ok getting dirty!
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds (or communicate for alternative tasks)
  • Must be able to be physically active for 3 hours (but with lots of breaks!)
  • Must be at least 16 years old (if under 18 must come with adult supervision)
  • This opportunity is open to all experience levels but requires an eagerness to learn!
Covid-19 Considerations:
  • If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue) please stay home and take care.
  • Please make sure you have filled out our virtual waiver.
  • With the recent changes to CDC guidance, and with Delta variant on the rise, we at Solana Center are exercising caution when it comes to the health of our staff and volunteers, and will require participants to wear masks to this event, regardless of vaccination status.
Questions? Please email

The Food Cycle program is a co-op where San Diego County residents and small businesses preserve their organic waste using the Bokashi method and then deliver it to Solana Center to be turned into a nutritious soil amendment and distributed back into the community. If you are interested in becoming a member, find out more here!

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About Solana Center for Environmental Innovation


137 N. El Camino Real, ENCINITAS, CA 92024, US

Mission Statement

At Solana Center, our mission is to mobilize the local community to address our region’s most pressing environmental issues.


We have volunteers accompany us to all of our educational programming and assist us with the support of our programs from our home base. They help us engage with the community about important environmental topics in schools, workshops, and public events. We have programs running all the time all over the County any day of the week and all of them are beginner friendly. All you need is a passion for sustainability!



Tue Oct 05, 2021
08:00 AM - 11:00 AM


137 N El Camino realencinitas, CA 92024



  • Environmental Education
  • Farming




  • Must be at least 16
  • Up to 3 hours total (with breaks)

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