Greetings fellow composters or those curious about becoming composters (do it!!). When asked to talk about my journey to sustainability by the amazing peeps at CompostNow, I was both excited and hesitant. By no means have I reached the heights of green living, so let’s put the stress on journey, because it’s one that’s still very much in progress.
A community garden is more than a place for growing food and flowers. It is a place for people of different ages and backgrounds to gather, learn, and work together to create something beautiful, useful and healthy. This doesn’t discount the importance of the food that comes out of a community garden. Not only is it as fresh as possible, it is also nearly as local as it can get. Now imagine the difference in taste!
I hate sending stuff to the landfill. When I’m cooking I put my vegetable scraps into a bowl. At the end of the day all the vegetable scraps, coffee grinds, and tea leaves will get dumped in my backyard compost pile. Meat and bones, however, are more difficult to compost, so I used to throw them away. I hated to see meat and bones in the garbage can, landfill-bound.
We are so lucky! We keep talking about this amazing community that we get to interact with every day, so naturally we're gonna show off how awesome y'all are.
First up, meet Natalie: Natalie Ross is obsessed with compost and its role as a nutrient-recycling powerhouse. She lives in Durham, NC, and she studies natural resource management at NC State University. She aims to help people understand and appreciate that they are beautiful part of nature's cycles. Her dreams are to play a role in ending the unnatural and unnecessary chemical horrors that our earth's soils are exposed to and to help in eliminating the needless disposal of organic matter in landfills.
Reflecting on our progress turns our eyes to the start of a new year.
I can hear the guy in the back of the room right now scoffing at the idea: "Bah! dirt?! Who the heck cares about cruddy ol' DIRT?!" Well kind sir, we do, and the more food scraps we pick up and divert, the more we realize that you composters do too. In fact, we've hauled 45,068 lbs. of food scraps that are a solid testament to how much we actually care.