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Linda Bilsens

About Linda Bilsens

Linda is the Project Manager for ILSR’s Composting for Community project and Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders community composter training program.

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Compost Happens
Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Nov 23, 2016

Video: Compost Happens, But Training Matters​

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-compost-happens/

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 for Community Project, we’re cultivating a greater awareness of the myriad benefits compost can provide to our soils… Continue reading

Prospect Heights Community Farm
Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Nov 18, 2016

Video: Prospect Heights Community Farm Community Composting Feature

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-prospect-heights-community-farm/

At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we document and promote innovative uses of local power that can be used around the country. Community composting is a way that neighborhoods can take control of what could be waste, such as food scraps, and turn it into wealth, such as healthy soil. Prospect Heights Community Farm in Brooklyn shows… Continue reading

Bilsens-Brolis White House Garden
Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Oct 31, 2016

Vote for the White House Kitchen Garden

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/vote-for-the-white-house-kitchen-garden/

The newly installed White House Kitchen Garden speaks to an important throughline in American history and could be a profound new symbol of community reuse, wealth and self-reliance, all of which are vital to strengthening local economies across the country.
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NSR Social Media - Baltimore Fall 2016
Featured Article, Event filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Aug 30, 2016

NSR Master Composter Course in Baltimore, Fall 2016!

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/nsr-master-composter-course-bmore-fall-2016/

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 to bring the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Master Composter training course to the Baltimore community this fall! Continue reading

Atlanta gets composting!
Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Aug 25, 2016

Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Composter Training Course

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/neighborhoodsoilrebuilders/

Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders is a community composter training program with a community service component. It was developed by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and ECO City Farms to build on the Master Composter model in order to train a new cadre of community leaders around the country in the art and science of community composting. Continue reading

Edible Flint Tour - Random Garden
Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Aug 9, 2016

Composting Will Help Flint Recover From Its Water Crisis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/composting-will-help-flint-recover-from-its-water-crisis/

Increasing composting in Flint will benefit residents in many ways: healthier soils for food production, pollution mitigation for contaminated soils, more opportunities for neighbors to work together, and greater community self-reliance. On July 27th, ILSR staffers, Linda Bilsens and Joshua Etim, visited with various food growing and access groups working in and around Flint to lay the groundwork for bringing ILSR’s Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Composter Training Program to the area. Continue reading

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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Jul 8, 2016

ILSR’s NSR Program Replicated in Atlanta, GA

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/atlantacommunitycompostadvocates/

ILSR is proud to introduce the Atlanta Community Compost Advocates! Atlanta-based Terra Nova Compost Collective partnered with ILSR and ECO City Farms to adapt their Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders (NSR) Composter Training Program for the diverse and charming City of Atlanta. Continue reading

2016 NCSU Vermiculture Conference
Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Jun 6, 2016

Lessons From the 2016 NCSU Vermiculture Conference

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2016vermiconference/

Worms are pretty amazing creatures! When used as a soil amendment, their waste has been shown to accelerate plant growth, suppress pests and diseases, and even increase levels of anti-oxidants in food. But vermiculture has other benefits that can contribute to a community’s self-reliance. Continue reading

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Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Apr 20, 2016

ILSR Leading Free Worm-Powered Composting Workshop As Part of DC Food Recovery Week of Action

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dcfoodrecoveryvermicompostworkshop/

ILSR’s Brenda Platt and Linda Bilsens are kicking of the DC Food Recovery Week of Action with a Worm-Powered Composting at Home Workshop, hosted by EW Stokes Community Freedom PCS on Saturday, May 14th. This workshop will cover benefits of vermicompost, and tips and tricks for proper worm-husbandry. Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Oct 28, 2015

ILSR & DC Partners Collaborate to Offer Urban Master Composter Course

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/dc-urban-master-composter-course/

ILSR’s Composting for Community Project is partnering with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), ECO City Farms, Urban Farm Plans and others to bring an Urban Master Composter course tailored to the DPR Community Compost Cooperative Network. Continue reading