Fighting Food Waste and Employing Youth in Baltimore

Date: 9 Aug 2018 | posted in: agriculture, Composting, environment, equity | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Compost Collective is an entrepreneurship program where youth are trained in workforce skills, food access programming and community-scale composting. They are receiving guided, hands-on experience managing a small-scale composting operation and its expansion, and using the compost they create to grow fresh produce for the community at Filbert Street Garden.… Read More

Video: What Is Community Composting? Featuring Composters From Around the U.S.

Date: 23 Dec 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Past attendees of the National Cultivating Community Composting Forum & Workshop share their answers to the question, “What is Community Composting?” Community composters serve an integral and unique role in both the broader composting industry and the sustainable food movement. … Read More

ILSR NSR Program Graduate Featured with Washington D.C. Mayor on Composting at Schools

Date: 14 Nov 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On Friday, November 4th the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Composting for Community Initiative Project Manager Linda Bilsens and IREX fellow Santa Krastina attended an event sponsored by the D.C. Department of Public Works, Compost Cab, and the E.W. Stokes Public … Read More

ILSR Raises Up Urban Farms with Community Compost in Baltimore and D.C.

In 2014, ILSR’s Composting for Community Initiative launched the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders (NSR) composter training program to teach community leaders how to compost on a small-scale for local food production and to adapt the rigor of commercial composting industry practices to the small scale.… Read More

Frederick Compost Summit Brings Together Regulators, Farmers, and Residents

Date: 8 Jun 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On Monday, May 22nd, 2017, the Frederick Compost Workgroup hosted the Frederick Compost Summit at Fox Haven Educational Farm. ILSR’s Composting for Community project co-sponsored the summit along with Frederick Zero Waste Alliance, Fox Haven Farm, and others. ILSR staff … Read More

The Community Compost Cooperative at the Howard University Community Garden

Date: 25 Apr 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This article was originally written and researched by Valerie Onifade, a Composting for Community Research Associate & Intern for our Waste to Wealth initiative in December, 2016. This post has since been updated. The DPR Compost Cooperative at the Howard University Community … Read More

NSR Master Composter Course in Baltimore

Date: 19 Apr 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The City of Baltimore is dedicated to developing sustainable local food systems by encouraging urban farming. Compost is an important ingredient for filtering and immobilizing pollutants from our soils. ILSR’s Composting for Community Initiative is proud to help support the City’s food growing goals by partnering with ECO City Farms, Civic Works’ Real Food Farms, and Urban Farm Plans by bringing the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Master Composter training course to the Baltimore community! … Read More

Community Composters Gather at Conference in Los Angeles

Date: 10 Feb 2017 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Fourth National Cultivating Community Composting Forum, January 2017, made clear that community composters serve an integral and unique role in both the broader composting industry and the sustainable food movement. We are the social innovators and entrepreneurs. We are the compost educators and facilitators that are building equity and power in our communities from the ground up. We are the front lines, grassroots, boots-on-the-ground that are cultivating awareness and demand for compost and its associated benefits. We are getting compost into the hands that feed the soil that feeds us.… Read More

Video: Compost Happens, But Training Matters​

Date: 23 Nov 2016 | posted in: Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Composting is an age-old practice that still benefits our soils as much today as it did in ancient times. But, what many people may not know is that proper training matters in order to create this “black gold” both safely and effectively. At ILSR’s Composting … Read More

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