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Seattle Zoo Doo compost

Post  Geek Gardener on 3/29/2013, 12:34 am

The Seattle Zoo sells their compost year-round, but it's not cheap. However, a couple times a year they have their Fecal Fest, where those who win a lottery can purchase larger amounts for less.

More information can be found at their website. My apologies, but my account is new so I cannot post the direct links.

The next drawing is March 31. I have no idea what the odds are. If several others are interested, perhaps we could pool our entries and split a truckload.

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Re: Seattle Zoo Doo compost

Post  gwennifer on 3/29/2013, 3:12 am

Hi Geek Gardener and glad you\'re here to the forum!

I'm happy to post the link for you: Fecal Fest at Woodland Park Zoo

You can only enter through March 31st. If your name is drawn, here's a pricing list of what you can pay instead of the usual $4.95/pint. It's a substantial savings:

I haven't seen many gardeners on the forum here from the Seattle area. Maybe your post will draw some out. Good luck!
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Re: Seattle Zoo Doo compost

Post  Zekes nursery on 4/4/2013, 12:43 pm

Has the zoo doo been aged so that it's not so stinky? I'm up here north of the zoo.
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Creating Compost at the Zoo

Post  Geek Gardener on 4/5/2013, 11:19 am

From their website:

"The Zoo Doo process begins when fresh manure and straw bedding are collected from animal enclosures. Next, leaves, wood chips and other organic materials from the zoo grounds are combined with the manure and straw mixture. When this material is watered and piled into long rows, it quickly heats up, reaching 150+ degrees! The high temperatures destroy pathogens and weed seeds. The piles are turned and watered until the mixture becomes dark and crumbly, bearing little resemblance to the original components. After three months, the compost is cool and ready for use in home gardens."

While the proportions are unknown, I'm thinking this could be counted as two different kinds of compost, perhaps even three, towards the recommended five for MM.
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Zoo Doo 2014 lottery is Feb 28 - Mar 17

Post  Geek Gardener on 2/26/2014, 3:37 pm

As last year, if anyone is interested in pooling entries and splitting a larger amount than you'd get for yourself, please let me know.

http://www.zoo.org/conservation/zoodoo
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Re: Seattle Zoo Doo compost

Post  melatops on 2/26/2014, 8:36 pm

I'd love to do that!  Thanks - Esther
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Lottery?

Post  Zekes nursery on 2/27/2014, 2:24 pm

I'm up for a share of a truck load.  I saw the video and they mentioned $13 for a $5 gallon bucket.  That seems pricey to me.  I must be missing something.
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Re: Seattle Zoo Doo compost

Post  sanderson on 2/27/2014, 2:40 pm

The lottery is for a pickup load! More than the average gardener can use. Geek Gardener is wanting a pool of SFG to share if he wins. BIG savings for the winners of the lottery!

http://www.zoo.org/conservation/zoodoo
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lower pricing during Fecal Fest

Post  Geek Gardener on 2/27/2014, 4:16 pm

The pricing is much lower during the spring and fall lotteries.


Prices for Zoo Doo and Bedspread

  • Pick-up truck 8x4 bed: $60
  • 6x4 bed: $45
  • 6x3 bed: $35
  • Garbage cans: $8 to $10
  • Bags: $4 to $6 depending on size



I don't have a truck, but can fit a few smaller garbage cans or several plastic containers into my minivan. Even better would be if anyone interested has an old pickup or trailer.

FYI, there are 7.5 gallons in a cubic foot. Adding 1" to a 4'x4' bed requires 1.3 cubic feet / 10 gallons. How much is everyone interested in?
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I can get a truck

Post  Zekes nursery on 2/28/2014, 3:24 pm

If I'm going to drive my father in law's truck down, I would hope to end up with at least a 1/4 or 1/3 of the load for myself.
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I signed up

Post  Zekes nursery on 2/28/2014, 3:54 pm

I signed up for a weekend pick up.  I would be available to help Wednesday through Friday though if someone else wins.
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Did anyone get their name drawn?

Post  Geek Gardener on 4/3/2014, 1:07 pm

If anyone has more vehicle space than your compost needs, I'll gladly help shovel it all and reimburse you for a portion. Thanks, GG.
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