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ORGANIZATION: Solana Center for Environmental Innovation


Help run the Solana Center's Food Cycle Program, turning food waste into a high-quality soil supplement, and closing the loop of organic waste! Volunteers help process and tabulate incoming organic material, maintain compost piles, and prep buckets to be returned to program members for more collection. This project is great for those that are not sensitive to the "ick" factor and want to get VERY hands on with waste reduction! All levels of experience are welcome!

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 that is distributed back into the community. This process reduces tons of waste sent to the landfill, reduces methane pollution, and creates a healthy soil supplement for San Diego gardens!

Project Requirements & Important Notes

Attire: Wear clothes to get dirty in! Gloves will be provided but feel free to bring your own.

Bring: Reusable water bottle. Snacks will be provided.

Physical Ability: Must be willing to do hands-on work with worms and other compost critters! Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds and be able to be physically active for 3 hours (but with lots of breaks!). This is a smelly event! Volunteers should be ok with the smell of food waste.

Note: All volunteers under the age of 18 must be registered on the Solana Center website by a parent or guardian.

About the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation is a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on Zero Waste, composting, and water conservation. They mobilize the local community through innovative outreach and provide consulting services to businesses and jurisdictions in order to address the region's most pressing environmental issues and enact impactful change.

3 Shifts

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  • Thu Jun 08, 2023 - 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Encinitas CA 92024 US
  • Thu Apr 20, 2023 - 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Encinitas CA 92024 US
  • Sat Feb 04, 2023 - 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Encinitas CA 92024 US
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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!


Community, Environment


Sat Feb 04, 2023 - Thu Jun 08, 2023
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This opportunity has 3 shifts


137 N El Camino realencinitasEncinitas, CA 92024



  • Environmental Education
  • Farming
  • Gardening




  • Must be at least 14

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