Composting in the Chippewa Valley

Earthbound Environmental Solutions, LLC

By: Jan Caroll

Putting a new twist on composting in the Chippewa Valley is Earthbound Environmental Solutions, soon offering curbside organics recycling (compost is the product of breaking down the organics collected) along with traditional weekly garbage and recycling pickup. The company hopes to be up and running by summer 2015. They provide a countertop collection container for household organic waste and biodegradable bags to put the waste in, put in your garbage receptacle, and take to your curb on garbage day. This service package is provided for a competitive quarterly fee. Their website,, offers several publications (in English, Spanish, and Hmong) that you can print out to get started with composting and help you along the way. They also offer educational and crafts materials for children.

A local family-owned business founded in 2014, Earthbound seeks to keep as much waste out of land fills as possible and convert it to reusable compost for gardens, landscaping, and lawns. They hope to eventually have compost they create at their facility available for purchase. They also have future plans to open a drop-off site for yard waste materials.

In 2014, Earthbound, and their new business idea for curbside organics recycling, was a top 5 finalist in the Eau Claire Economic Development Corp. Idea Challenge. When owners Zacharious and Jamie Pappas were asked why they decided to create Earthbound, they noted: We were motivated by the many opportunities that exist in our community in terms of participating in environmentally responsible activities, supporting people of varying abilities, taking a more active role in creatively shaping our community. We want to bring an innovative and exciting business to Eau Claire that will change the way our community thinks and feels about waste management and so much more.

Earthbound also has commercial services, offering a compost/garbage/recycling package similar to their residential program, and they can conduct a waste audit for your company. Other services include marketing support to help you connect with clientele with similar environmental values, and support to help you let customers know of your participation in this landfill diversion program.

In terms of community enrichment, the company provides free local educational outreach events where an Earthbound representative will come and speak with your group or organization.

Zacharious and Jamie are excited about the response so far, saying, “We have had a significant amount of positive feedback from Eau Claire residents and businesses with an overwhelming number of individuals in support of the program.”

Mother Nature’s Food

By:  Diane Wolfe

Mother Nature’s Food Store opened in 1971, at 2434 London Road in Eau Claire, next to the Tokyo Restaurant. The current owner, Debbie Koteras, started working there in 1996 when she moved back to the area and started her family. She had retail management experience and wanted to own the business. She believed in the business model of helping people to take their health into their own hands at whatever age or stage of life they were in. It was a place in the community to get educated and try new ways of living well and healing.  Since taking over fifteen years ago, business has steadily grown, and with the help of the internet, local people are being educated and have a place to go for the products they want. The top-selling products have changed over the years. Fish oil and anti-oxidant products were popular ten years ago, and today, curcumin, probiotics, and coconut oil are selling well. Mother Nature’s Food offers the largest selection of bulk herbs and spices in the area, and the largest selection of supplements. Other product offerings are:  grass-fed meats, frozen wild fish, gluten-free products,dog and cat food, and natural health and beauty products.  Not only has the internet popped up in the past fifteen years, but other local stores now sell some of the same products. Debbie does not feel they have hurt her store because the customer service is excellent. She and her employees are genuinely interested in the products they sell and use some themselves. Every day they hear first hand testimonies about how a product has helped a person’s condition, and they pass that information along to each other. There is plenty of free literature available in the store to take home as well. Debbie is convinced that Mother Nature’s Food is “naturally, the best!”

Honey Bees Goooo!

By: Drew Kaiser, protector, fan and keeper of all things bee!

The first major project to come from the Advisory Commission on Sustainability has been approved by the Eau Claire City Council.   On Tuesday, February 10, the council voted unanimously (10-0) in favor of an ordinance that details a system for beekeeping, which had previously been deemed illegal via the city’s nuisance ordinance. The new law requires would-be beekeepers to obtain a permit from the City-County Health Department before starting a home apiary.  A yearly fee was set at $45 and a first year pre-inspection fee, whichhas yet to be set, is estimated to be between $60-$100.      The unanimous support was due largely to rigorous criteria needed to obtain a permit.  Folks interested in keeping bees will be required to abide setbacks and create “fly way barriers” when a hive is located closer than 25 feet to a property line.   A flyway barrier may be a fence ordense vegetation that directs the foragers’ flight path over 6 feet  The total number of colonies allowed is determined by the proposed lot’s size; from two colonies on a half acre or less, up to 8 colonies on a property over one acre.  In most cases at least 80 percent of neighbors within 100 feet of property lines will need to give consent for an apiary.  Other important aspects include providing a water source for the bees, keeping hives out of view from sidewalk and streets, and conspicuously posting a sign including the words “HONEY BEE HIVE”, the beekeeper’s name and telephone number which can be clearly readable at twenty-five feetfrom the hives.The Health Department and Advisory Commission on Sustainability are currently developing materials to aid applicants in the process.  The hope is to start accepting applications in March for the coming season.  If you’re interested in learning more about beekeeping, consider attending a meeting of the Chippewa Valley Beekeepers Association.  A meeting schedule, contacts and more information can be found at:

Activated Oxygen Therapy

By: Sue Peck, PhD, GNP-BC, APNP, FAAO

Activated Oxygen Therapy(AOT, Ozone)By Sue Peck, PhD, GNP-BC, APNP, FAAOAOT – What is it? Oxygen we breathe is made of a pair of oxygen atoms (O2). It’s very stable and colorless. Ozone is blue (it’s what makes the sky blue), and is made of three oxygen atoms (O3) instead of two. Adding the third oxygen atom makes ozone “supercharged” oxygen, and gives it remarkable medical properties. Our white blood cells make ozone as part of the immune response. Pure medical grade ozone, when used according to established medical guidelines, has a solid safety record. AOT Therapy – What is it used for? Ozone has been used for medical care for 50+ years. Clinical practice and research show benefit for:

  • ADD and ADHD
  • Allergies■ Chronic Sinusitis
  • Heart Disease
  • Auto-immune Disease
  • Cancer – All Stages
  • Chronic & Acute Neck, Back & Joint Pain
  • Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue
  • Chronic infections from viruses, bacteria, and parasites
  • Digestion and bowel disorders
  • Depression, Anxiety, Panic
  • Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
  • Candidiasis – Yeast Overgrowth
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Bladder Problems
  • Lung Problems
  • Lyme Disease
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Memory Loss
  • Menopause and Andropause
  • Metabolic Weight Loss Programs
  • Arthritis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Prostate Disorders
  • Sports Injuries

Contraindications for AOT: Conditions that would mean you should not have AOT:

  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Recent heart attack
  • Pregnancy
  • Active bleeding
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Recent disc herniation
  • Extremely low platelet count (slow blood clotting)
  • Thrombocytopenia (major clotting disorder)
  • Ozone allergy
  • G6PD deficiency
  • Artificial joints CANNOT be injected.

What is involved to determine if AOT would work for me? At the first visit we’ll review your health history and do a physical exam. Depending on your needs and the complexity of your health, you may or may not get AOT at that first visit.

You will sign an informed consent. If you are interested, you can participate in the national research study we are part of. There is not a reduction in cost if you participate, but the information about your progress can greatly affect whether insurance companies pay for AOT therapy in the future.  You will need to commit to good nutrition, self-care, and exercise appropriate to your situation. Without that care for your health, AOT is unlikely to work. How is AOT Therapy Done? Major Auto-Hemolytic (MAH) Therapy – An IV is started in your arm. You donate half a unit of blood for yourself. Ozone is mixed in, and then your donated blood is run back into your vein. MAH takes about one hour. You are seated in a comfortable recliner. Be sure to eat and to drink plenty of water before the therapy. Prolozone Therapy is used to treat painful joints and soft tissues. You may need x-rays first. If you had x-rays recently, bring them or the written report to the visit. You will be fully clothed except for the area we work on. The skin will be cleaned and topical numbing spray applied. A very small needle is used to first inject a mixture of vitamins, numbing medicine, and homeopathic solutions. The needle is stabilized while the syringe is changed and ozone is injected. You’ll feel and hear a slushy bubbly sound as the ozone goes in. The needle is then removed and a Band-Aid applied. Very little/no pain is felt with the 10 to 15 minute procedure. You can use the joint and be active, but avoid stress on the joint for two weeks while it heals. Repeat injections, if needed, can be done in two weeks. Ozone therapy can also given be rectally, into the bladder, topically, or as part of a sauna, depending on your needs. What does AOT therapy cost? Insurance (most companies) and Medicare/Medicaid will cover the appointment visit with Dr. Sue but will not cover the AOT therapy costs. Prolozone injections are currently $125–175 per site injected. MAH intravenous (IV) treatment is currently $100 per treatment.

**Prices may change without notice.**


Sue Peck, PhD, GNP-BC, APNP, FAAOHealth Office CoDr. Sue is certified in ozone therapy and is a Fellow in theAmerican Academy of Ozone Therapy.To make an appointment, call 715-832-1953.

Amazing Recycling & Waste Stats

Amazing Recycling  and Waste Stats1. An impressive 34 percent of our waste could be composted, and perhaps this is not that surprising given the fact that we waste about 33 million tons of food annually, according to the EPA. Composting at home is an increasing trend, however, so if you’re up for learning a bit about dealing with your food and other compostable waste, you could help decrease some of these numbers.2. 33 million tons of food is a huge number, but if you look at this figure on a smaller scale, theaverage American wastes between 209 and 253 pounds of food every year. For many of us, that means we waste more than our own body weight in food. Not all the news about food waste is negative, though. Many companies are trying to find ways to reuse food.For example, some supermarkets are recycling their food waste, meaning it either gets donated, fed to animals or composted. 3. Who knew recycling a single glass bottle would allow you to spend 30 minutes browsing the internet? Just think what recycling a whole case of beer or soda bottles could do. Glass is one of the best candidates for recycling because it never loses quality the way some other recyclable materials do. Bottles can be made into new bottles over and over again.