WHAT IS BLACK GOLD?

First hearing the term “black gold” made me so curious. I imagined so many definitions and topics of what is black gold. Is it a new drink, an oil, a type of jewelry, a song or a movie? It inspired me to dig deep and uncover what exactly is black gold. Well I guess it depends who you ask. I asked some friends and they all have their own ideas of what is black gold. I think for me the best answer is it’s the result of successful composting. I wrote about this in an article awhile back that you can read here. I’ve always planned on researching more about this because I do find it interesting.

If you want to watch a film about composting read below!

 

what is black gold - photo of black gold

 

The simple explanation of the process composting would be combining greens, browns, water and oxygen until the matter heats up over time turning into a nutrient rich substance to add to your garden. However in the United States, less than 3 percent of food waste is composted which is causing landfills to fill up and many more environmental problems. This is very concerning and facts are presented in a film called The Need To Grow which you can watch here! I learned in this film that perseverance is powerful and I think the film is so impactful.

what is black gold - the need to grow

=>>Reducing food waste is the number 1 solution overall to help heal our planet<<=

Why is black gold important?

I would love to see more people composting at home. There are some great benefits to creating this valuable substance called black gold through the composting process.

Here are some of the valuable benefits of black gold:

  • Lowers carbon footprint
  • Reduce methane emissions from landfill
  • Reduces the need for harmful chemical fertilizers
  • Enriches soil
  • Helps retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests
  • Encourages beneficial fungi and bacteria

=>>Earth has lost a third of its farmable soil in 40 years<<=

 

How does black gold help the environment?

There are many ways that black gold helps the environment. In the US, 32 million tons of food are thrown out every year. The methane emissions and green gasses that are emitted disturb the natural cycle of soil.  If the current destruction continues, it is estimated that our country could run out of farmable land in 60 years. By composting at home people can help lower the earths carbon footprint and help protect the future of the farmable soil. Our environment would benefit greatly by having more people grow their own personal gardens and composting. Buying organic can also make a huge impact and help drive the mission of reducing harmful chemical fertilizers.

Related educational resources:

=>>Agriculture is the most destructive human activity on the planet<<=

what is black gold? - soil in hands

How to compost indoors

I’m so excited to learn how to compost indoors. When composting is done correctly there is no bad smell or fumes. The process of composting indoors is especially valuable for people living in apartments or areas with extreme weather. These steps are specifically for Aerobic composting which uses microbes from garden soil to convert kitchen waste and other organic material into compost, the decayed organic matter can be used as homemade plant fertilizer. So here are the steps to composting indoors.

  • Find a container with a lid and tray at least 2 inches high for it to stay on-I recommend a non-porous 18 gallon size for households of 2-4 people. A smaller household or one with limited waste can use a 5-10 gallon container.
  • Keep at 40-80 degrees indoors-This is why an indoor bin is good due to outdoor temps that go below 40 or above 80
  • Keep in a dark and dry space-Store in a closet or inside a cabinet
  • Drill holes in the bottom and lid of your bin-Be sure holes are evenly spaced and use 25-36 quarter inch
  • Drill holes on the sides-Drill two horizontal rows of holes spaced one-and-a-half inches apart into each side of the bin
  • Cover holes with a mesh screen-To prevent lots of liquid from escaping

Prepare the inside contents:

  • Add 3 parts brown-I recommend dry leaves and chopped nut or egg shells
  • Add 1 part green-I recommend veggies, sprinkle of coffee grounds and fruit scraps
  • Add sprinkle of soil and toss with trowel
  • Once per week turn the contents of the container to get oxygen to flow through
  • Check moisture level and add water as necessary to keep damp not soaked
  • Give the process 2-4 months to become a soil like compost and then add to the garden

Use should have no bad smell but a mild earthy odor. Never add cooked foods, dairy, fats, meat, fish bones or bread to your compost container.

what is black gold? - food garden

Does black gold mean something different?

When I researched all about black gold there were so many other topics it could actually mean. For example, there is a premade soil available called black gold that can be purchased in garden stores. There is a non-natural metal jewelry made from blackened gold that jewelers call black gold. There are several songs, video games and movies called black gold. Wow…there is also a community in the Edmonson County of Kentucky called black gold. But wait so importantly there is an American thoroughbred race horse named Black Gold that won the Kentucky Derby in 1924, now that’s perseverance!!

If there is any topic called black gold that I’ve missed please comment below and share!! I would love to hear.

Conclusion

I hope you have learned more about what is black gold? I would love to be an example for others when deciding to grow their own food garden. It’s so rewarding to walk outside to my backyard and choose my veggies for dinner that evening. Remember there are many ways that you can help and I encourage you to support organic gardening. Be sure to buy organic produce and support your local CSA farm.  I challenge you to take the next 72 hours to learn more and help improve your environment.

If you want to learn more, be sure to check out The Need To Grow film.  It’s an amazing enlightening film that brings me to tears.  Also as a member of the Food Revolution Network I highly recommend their continued program to help everyone to live a healthy lifestyle.

Enjoy this video here that was submitted as part of a global filmmaking competition called The 72 Hour Shootout.

 

17 Replies to “WHAT IS BLACK GOLD?”

  1. Hello there, on seeing this article I felt it was something like a precious metal and I have been really curious to see what it is and I like what I have seen them. Indeed the black gold as you have called it is very important and for me that is the right name for it to be called because it’s really a gold. 

  2. In my mind “black gold” was some type of space related topic but surprisingly it has nothing to do with space, or at least not in the way that my mind was driving me towards. It really caught my eye the power it has over chemical fertilizers, which sadly, have been coming more and more into our markets. It’s hard to find food that’s GMO free – specially in grocery stores, so I think that this concept of black gold is a great one and one that can save us so many lives, money and time. 

  3. What is black gold? Well, you have certainly presented a fantastic example of that, as well as describing why it is so important. In fact, this black gold could save our planet.

    Before reading your article, I had never thought of how to compost indoors but it seems like a great idea to me. I see no reason why it can’t be done.

    Thank you for all of the information that you have provided in this article.

    PS – There is a Black Gold School Division in my area. 🙂

  4. Hello,

    I used to compost when I lived in Oregon. When I first moved there, there was a welcome note on my door from a recycling company that gave out composting bins for free. I had never composted before since I’m from Alaska, but I gave it a shot in Oregon.
    It was pretty easy down there since the temperature was always pretty warm.
    In Alaska, our temperatures aren’t conducive for composting, so not many people up here partake in that. Even indoors, it seems like it takes a bit of space, especially since most apartments here are tiny because of the cost of heating during winter.

    It is good information though if I ever move into a larger place!

    Thanks!

    Katrina

    1. @Katrina thank you for visiting today. Let me know if you have any questions. I know it is possible to store a compost bin in a closet or cupboard. It doesn’t need to be a large bin just enough to hold some leftover scraps.

  5. We have been trying to create the black gold for the past few years but have not been successful. But after reading your post and how it should be actually done, I feel highly motivated to try again.

    Thank you for sharing this useful information with us all.

    Best Wishes

  6. The term black gold associates me of oil. The same one being exploited from earth for our needs.
    It was a nice surprise that it turned out to be something else, something really useful.
    We used to compost back home, where we had a huge yard at our disposal, with a lot of trees (and leaves, of course).
    I have never thought of the indoor composting possibility, though. Somehow it never occurred to me.
    Thank you for bringing this to my attention and even providing step by step instructions.

  7. Hi Alyse,

    I learn a lot from your article. We love to do composting and we even do worm casting s well for our garden. Arizona’s soil contains a lot of clay and it is difficult for plants to survive here. So, besides buying soil from Home Depot, Lowe’s etc, we love to make sure our plants get plenty of nutrients. So we create our own black gold. 🙂

  8. Creating our own compost is definitely on our todo list, washing the video and reading your blog just emphasises the point of why this is so important, so we can soon grow our own veg and reduce household waste.

  9. Wow that’s is amazing and what a great option for a real solution to enviroment and waste. Its actually a great title as it gets people talking so I can see why they call it that. Thanks so much for sharing this very inspiring article. It amazing what people can do when they put their mind to it.

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