(video) Easy Compost Sifter Developed By NeighborHood Community Organizer Gordon Wybo

Check out this nifty compost sifter developed by Gordon Wybo – the founder of the Kyle Sustainability Center.  This is a zero waste facility and check out those teapots made into bird houses!  It is so inspiring what one man can do for an entire neighborhood.  Marjory Wildcraft takes you on a video visit, but be sure to drop by and say ‘hi’ sometime if you are ever in Central Texas.  http://www.sustainacyclekyle.com/

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  • Jim says:

    I have made something like the sifter in the video but I use it in prospecting. I works very well for that but I use a half inch screen which seems to be a little small for my compost. Can you tell me what size screen is used for the compost sizer?

    Thank you, Jim D.

    1. Hi Jim,

      Gordon had bot a 1/2″ screen and a 1/4″ screen that could fit into the frame of the 12″ frame. He did that so he could get whatever level of finess he wanted.

  • Bethany says:

    Wow, way to go Gordon! This is awesome – I love the idea of not only growing your own food and medicine, but growing a community as well.

  • Gail says:

    This was hard to watch because of the annoying green flash that kept coming across the screen. What was that all about?

    1. Hi Gail,

      Uh yeah, that would be my limited technological capability with video cameras… LOL We couldn’t correct it post filming. Yeah, its a mess. so sorry. but I wanted to get it out there.

  • Carroll says:

    Very cool idea. I like the different screen sizes if I understood you correctly Marjory to get different particle sizes. 2 thumbs up.

    1. Hi Carroll, Yes you’ve got it correctly – different screen sizes makes for the fineness of the compost.

  • Andy says:

    One worm video I saw, the guy growing worms showed the worm eggs. (That was what he called them.) This compost on this video does not appear to be using red wigglers? If they are; What size screen mesh would be needed to keep the eggs? Is there a risk of damage with all that shifting and turbulance?

    1. Hi Andy,

      In the compost below – the casting – yes, there are worm eggs. Any fresh castings you buy will have worm eggs in them and that is a way to get started with worms if you can’t find the worms themselves. Seems hard to believe you can get castings without being to get worms, but I’ve had that situation a few times.

      Gordon is using red wigglers. He explained to me that the great thing about red wigglers is if they have food and a good place to live, then they don’t go anywhere. Night crawlers on the other hand might travel even 100 yards in one night. Which makes them a much bigger challenge to raise.
      I didn’t have a chacne to go through Gordons complete composting system, but he sets his pile up in a long row and feeds from one end and moves on down the row. The worms generally travel along the row where he is feeding them. but also if you do just a bit of forking the worms go down away from the light and you can pick from the top.
      Ah, sometimes you get come worms in the compost, but what the heck. They will hopefully start living in your garden and do great things there for you.

  • Beth Oquist says:

    What a great idea for a sifter and great all around inspiration as to what can be simply done.

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