Wondering where all of your spent coffee grounds go?…

photo 1photo 2We met up with Beth, Joan, & Phillip at our partner farm, the Peace Garden, to get an official tour of where all of our used coffee grounds go!  The Peace Garden is located in between the 15 & the 805 freeways in an urban, repurposed area.  This group partners with a local church, Adams Avenue bike shop, and nearby schools to create this beautiful community space.photo 3photo 2One of our Bean Brain fans, Joan, approached Steve & Laurie about using our spent grounds for the community garden compost about a year ago.  She said that she previously was picking up from local coffee shop, Twiggs, but that she wished to collect organic grounds only so she made the switch to Virtuoso.  And we sure are happy she did!  We divert about 30 gallons of used coffee ground waste from our landfill and this beautiful garden is able to use them to make tasty, nutritious soil.photo 1Virtuoso Staffers, Vanessa & Amanda, visited the farm as they are our staff experts on the subject of farming and all things sustainable.  These girls had a blast learning about the garden’s permiculture, no till garden boxes, composting technique, heirloom varieties of crops, and tons more.photo 7photo 5photo 6Vanessa sits underneath a shady fortress that Philip built out of used bicycle rims, provided by Adams Ave Bike Shop.  Here, cucuzzas grow up these recycled trellises and provide a shady space for groups of kids to learn in the garden on a hot day. photo 4photo 3photo 8Beth tells us about her vision for the long term plans for the garden – a bigger worm composting faciliity, adding chickens to the mix, and an outdoor kitchen for community members to share garden grown meals.  She also invites bean brains and the rest of the community to join her on the first Friday of every month for a potluck with garden volunteers.photo 9photo 10Our coffee grounds go into this hot heap! THe grounds are mixed in with other organic materials to make a potion of nitrogen & carbon, steamed at a high of 120 degrees to create a nutrient rich soil additive.  All natural!photo 11Thanks Peace Garden!

Visit them at 3850 Westgate Place, San Diego, CA  92105 or at their website here.