Community Compost

Community Facility Pre-Volcano Archive Page

We preserved this page in memory of our community as it was before the 2018 Kilauea volcano eruption.

During our 14-year history, the Hedonisia community developed several websites, books, and eCourses such as the Diversity and Free Speech Communication Workshop.

With our approach to community living based on ecotourism and ecofeminism, we attracted wonderful people from around the world.

We now welcome visitors online as Hedonisia Members or Volunteer Contributors to our Lava to Lotus Web Portfolio.

What is Compost?

Composting is nature's process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich dark soil. Anything that was once living will decompose. Backyard composting is an acceleration of the same process nature uses. By composting your organic waste you are returning nutrients into the soil for the cycle of life to continue. Finished compost looks like soil–dark brown, crumbly, and smells like a forest floor.

What to put IN and OUT of the Compost Fridges

What Goes InWhat Stays Out
Greens (High in Nitrogen)Browns (High in Carbon)NON-Organics
WeedsLeaves Anything that was

never once alive!

Fruits & VegetablesBark 
Kitchen Scraps: Breads, egg shells,
coffee grinds, tea bags, fruit rinds,
vegetable peels, dairy,
meat, bones, etc...
Paper: shredded newspaper,
cardboard, brown paper bags
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Chicken Manure

Hedonisia's Compost Pen Morning Ritual 

  1. Empty the Chicken Tray of the previous day's compost into the current feeding compost zone designated by the "Active Compost" sign. This is a great time to pick up any scraps that the chickens have scattered around the Compost Pen and add them to the bin.
  2. Morning compost from the bucket is emptied into the plastic Chicken Tray to let the chickens get the first round of feeding.
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The Compost Rotation

Once a bin is full of compost scrap we stop adding to it. Instead, we move to the next bin to begin a new composting cycle. Don't forget to move the "Feed Me" Sign to the next feeding bin so as not to confuse everyone!

The Red Wiggler worms will eat and digest the Green and Brown matter into rich soil which is now compost. This process will take 2-3 months to break down. During those 2-3 months we are filling the other 2 bins with new composting matter (one at a time).

Once the Red Wigglers finish decomposing the matter in one bin they will instinctively migrate to the next bin through the drain holes on the bottom of the bin and the ground.

Completed Compost Soil

After the 2-3 month breakdown period, the compost will be a nice, rich soil that is nutrient-dense and perfect for gardening and planting new trees and plants around the property.

Empty out the soil into buckets, keeping an eye out for any Red Wigglers that may have stayed behind and placing them into one of the other bins. Make sure to cover any soil buckets with a lid.

Keep the rocks and wire shelving at the bottom of the bin to create new bedding for the worms.

Instructions for Interns & Volunteers: full compost container

Remember to empty the old compost in the morning and/or in the afternoon. Many recent mornings that I’ve looked, it seems way too full.

Also never put coconuts in it as it will break the bucket or plastic tray. Always tell people to not put coconut shells in the compost. Put them over the side of the JC crater.


Post-Volcano Online Community

Links to the projects we work on as we prepare to return to our land.

Virtual VolunteerLava to Lotus Web Portfolio - Hedonisia Membership