What is Compost?  By: Asli Mwaafrika |  BRICS Sustainability Task Force       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
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     Before one can dive in the complex world of compost, there must be an understanding of what compost truly is. Compost can be defined as a decomposed organic matter. The awesome thing about compost is that it is completely easy and affordable to do. The biggest posed question is; What goes into compost? Compost is made up of two things. Brown carbon enriched matter and green nitrogen enriched matter. According to  thespruce , the best ration of browns to greens is 3:1. Brown matter includes things such as; fallen leaves, dried up grass, wood products such as mulch, bread waste etc. Avoid any meat in your compost pile. Green matter includes things such as fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps, lawn clippings, weeds and things such as that. Though the ratio can be flexible and doesn't necessarily have to be precise, you must be cautious on the number of browns or greens you add. For example, your compost pile will have a very hard time completely breaking down if there is too much tough brown matter but, your compost will give off awful odors and possibly just turn into a pile of moldy vegetables if there is too much green matter. It is ideal for every other day or so, go out to your compost pile and turn it. Just make sure, it is thoroughly mixed to prevent smells. Remember, bugs are welcomed! if you see worms, leave them be. Insects like worms will help turn your compost. If you find maggots in your compost, go back and make sure no meat is thrown into your pile.  The best thing about compost is that it is very manageable. Some gardeners like to designate a spot in their garden to begin dumping and just let the pile grow. From personal experience, this can be challenging. Especially if you are a first timer. The biggest issue is, there will be some evenings where you look outside and see raccoons and possums digging in your pile. Sometimes, you'll check out your pile in the morning and see the plants of your greens growing! one time, my family had squash and potato plants growing in our compost. A more controlled method is to either purchase a compost bin (see links below!) or make one yourself. Homemade ones work perfectly fine, they can either be wooden, chicken wire, milk crates, etc, so, instead of throwing those old milk crates away, try making your very own a compost bin. Once you find your space, composting will be a very fun and educational experience!    Green with Indy is a wonderful compost pick up service. Green with Indy picks up compost from commercial businesses and residential areas. This is a wonderful program for those who are first time composting and need a bit of assistance. As a partner with Green with Indy, we are contributing to making Indy greener and more sustainable. You can do it too!     Learn more about Green with Indy  >>     https://www.greenwithindy.com/about-us          Interested? Here are a few further readings!      Which Items are "Greens" and Which items are "Browns"?     https://www.thespruce.com/composting-greens-and-browns-2539485      Compost Materials     http://compostguide.com/compost-materials/       23 Ingenious DIY Compost Bin Ideas     https://backyardgrowers.com/23-ingenious-diy-compost-bin-ideas/       25 Simple Tips for Making Your Own Garden Compost    https://dengarden.com/gardening/Garden-Compost-Tips

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What is Compost?

By: Asli Mwaafrika | BRICS Sustainability Task Force

https://www.vecteezy.com

https://www.vecteezy.com

Before one can dive in the complex world of compost, there must be an understanding of what compost truly is. Compost can be defined as a decomposed organic matter. The awesome thing about compost is that it is completely easy and affordable to do. The biggest posed question is; What goes into compost? Compost is made up of two things. Brown carbon enriched matter and green nitrogen enriched matter. According to thespruce, the best ration of browns to greens is 3:1. Brown matter includes things such as; fallen leaves, dried up grass, wood products such as mulch, bread waste etc. Avoid any meat in your compost pile. Green matter includes things such as fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps, lawn clippings, weeds and things such as that. Though the ratio can be flexible and doesn't necessarily have to be precise, you must be cautious on the number of browns or greens you add. For example, your compost pile will have a very hard time completely breaking down if there is too much tough brown matter but, your compost will give off awful odors and possibly just turn into a pile of moldy vegetables if there is too much green matter. It is ideal for every other day or so, go out to your compost pile and turn it. Just make sure, it is thoroughly mixed to prevent smells. Remember, bugs are welcomed! if you see worms, leave them be. Insects like worms will help turn your compost. If you find maggots in your compost, go back and make sure no meat is thrown into your pile.

The best thing about compost is that it is very manageable. Some gardeners like to designate a spot in their garden to begin dumping and just let the pile grow. From personal experience, this can be challenging. Especially if you are a first timer. The biggest issue is, there will be some evenings where you look outside and see raccoons and possums digging in your pile. Sometimes, you'll check out your pile in the morning and see the plants of your greens growing! one time, my family had squash and potato plants growing in our compost. A more controlled method is to either purchase a compost bin (see links below!) or make one yourself. Homemade ones work perfectly fine, they can either be wooden, chicken wire, milk crates, etc, so, instead of throwing those old milk crates away, try making your very own a compost bin. Once you find your space, composting will be a very fun and educational experience! 

 Green with Indy is a wonderful compost pick up service. Green with Indy picks up compost from commercial businesses and residential areas. This is a wonderful program for those who are first time composting and need a bit of assistance. As a partner with Green with Indy, we are contributing to making Indy greener and more sustainable. You can do it too! 

 Learn more about Green with Indy >> https://www.greenwithindy.com/about-us 

 Interested? Here are a few further readings!

Which Items are "Greens" and Which items are "Browns"? 

https://www.thespruce.com/composting-greens-and-browns-2539485

Compost Materials 

http://compostguide.com/compost-materials/

23 Ingenious DIY Compost Bin Ideas 

https://backyardgrowers.com/23-ingenious-diy-compost-bin-ideas/

25 Simple Tips for Making Your Own Garden Compost

https://dengarden.com/gardening/Garden-Compost-Tips

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Best Ice Cream in Indiana by Foursquare

Indy ice cream shop named best in Indiana by Foursquare

Alison Carter (Indy Star) —

Guys, it's hot. Not to mention as muggy as walking into an armpit. You know what that means.

It's time for ice cream.

Foursquare -- remember Foursquare? That place where you could check in and annoy all your friends by posting on social media about it? It's still around, but now it's more like Yelp -- has released its list of best ice cream shops in every state in this great union. And a Broad Ripple favorite came out on top in Indianapolis.

BRICS took top honors in Indiana, earning an average rating of 9.2 out of 10. Visitors love its location just off the Monon Trail, and you'll notice that many ice cream flavors are named in honor of the trail's origin as a railroad track.

The shop doesn't make their own ice cream. Instead, they bring it in from Sherman Ice Cream in weekly shipments from the Michigan company.

Here's what Foursquare reviewers listed as their favorite flavors. Note that offerings change often and these might not be available when you visit:

  • Pistachio was the most-mentioned ice cream flavor

  • Broad Ripple Blackberry

  • Caramel x 3

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

  • Choo Choo Chocolate

The best part? Once you've devoured your ice cream and gotten over the brain freeze, you can hop right back on the Monon and walk off those calories. Or retreat to the sluggish but beautiful comfort of an air-conditioned room to sleep off your sugar coma. Your call.

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BRICS Ice Cream Van

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This new stylish ice cream vehicle is one sweet ride.

 

EMILY UDELL (Indianapolis Monthly) -

"The new BRICS ice cream van is not the typical box truck beckoning kids during the dog days of summer with corny music. “It has a really cool style, totally throwback,” says Kirstie Hayward, general manager of BRICS (short for Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station). Her team scoured the globe to find a ride with a unique look to become a mobile extension of their location on the Monon Trail. After a two-month search, they found the French-made 1971 Citroën in Ireland, where it had been used as a coffee stand, and christened it Petite Bête, French for “little beast.” The color of a Tiffany-blue box, the BRICS truck combines nostalgic charm and European flair with its bulbous headlights, corrugated side panels, and chrome details. The cheerful “beep” of its horn even sounds like it’s from another era. Look for the vintage wheels bearing BRICS’s ice cream at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center this summer."

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Business Insider Included Us In Their Article -'The Best Ice Cream Shop In Every State'

MELISSA STANGER (Business Insider) -"It's almost summer, and summer calls for ice cream.

With or without toppings, ice cream is the perfect treat to cool down on a hot afternoon.

Our friends at Foursquare helped us find the best place for ice cream in every state across the US, taking into account Foursquare users' likes, saves, shares, tip sentiment, and more.

To create this list, Foursquare included the top-rated ice cream shop in each US state.

INDIANA: Indianapolis' BRICS, which stands for Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station, is known for its hand-dipped ice cream and sundaes, with 40 flavors and a dozen toppings or more."

Find BRICS on Foursquare »



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Ice cream shop celebrates five year anniversary

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s been five years since ice cream took over the historic Monon Railway Station, originally known as the Broad Ripple Station.

Broad Ripple Ice Cream Shop, or brics, appeared on 24-Hour News 8 at noon to mark the anniversary.

The ice cream shop is along the Monon Trail. The business preserves the historic character of the structure while serving ice cream. brics also offers wifi, a water station for filling up bottles on the go, and outdoor seating overlooking the trail.

To celebrate its anniversary, the ice cream shop will be offering specials all month.

The store, located at 901 E. 64th St., is open noon to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.