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Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2017

Make Every Day Earth Day Through Composting

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/earth-day-2017/

“The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”                                            – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937 With almost 30% of U.S. cropland eroding above soil tolerance levels – meaning the long-term ability of the soil to sustain… Continue reading

Featured Article, Event filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Apr 19, 2017

NSR Master Composter Course in Baltimore

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 by bringing the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Master Composter training course to the Baltimore community! Continue reading

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Apr 4, 2017

Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste & Grow Community

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

Different versions are available for download: 11″x 17″ Poster | 13″x 19″ Portrait | 18″x 24″ Portrait | 19″x 13″ Poster | 24″x 18″ Poster | US Letter Portrait | US Letter Poster We’ve developed this Hierarchy to Reduce Waste & Grow Community in order to highlight the importance of locally based composting solutions as… Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Mar 22, 2017

Youth Employment, Community Equity and Green Space from Composting in Brooklyn, NY

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/youth-employment-community-equity-and-green-space-from-composting-in-brooklyn-ny/

BK ROT, a social composting enterprise in the center of Brooklyn has inspired the Filbert Street Garden in Curtis Bay, Baltimore, to replicate this successful model. ILSR working partner Chesapeake Children and Youth Development manage the garden. For details read, “Building Community Composting in Bushwick, Brooklyn,” BioCycle magazine March/April, p. 46-48. Follow the Institute for… Continue reading

Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Feb 27, 2017

Bike-Powered Food Scrap Collection

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/bike-powered-food-scrap-collection/

As part of ILSR’s collaboration with the Chesapeake Youth Development Center to launch a bike-powered food scrap collection service in Curtis Bay, a neighborhood of Baltimore, ILSR interviewed 17 owners and founders of bike-powered collection services in 11 states. Read our article, Bike Powered Food Scraps Collection in the January 2017 issue of BioCycle Magazine. Continue reading

Featured Article, Event filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Feb 10, 2017

Community Composters Gather at Conference in Los Angeles

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/notes-from-ccc2017/

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. Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Mid-Atlantic Recycling & Economic Development, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | No Comments | Updated on Dec 8, 2016

The Community Compost Cooperative at the Howard University Community Garden

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

This article was written and researched by Valerie Onifade, a Composting for Community Research Associate & Intern for our Waste to Wealth initiative. The composting site at the Howard University Community Garden in NW Washington, DC (Shaw/Howard area) showcases what a collaboration between a local government department, non-profit organizations, small businesses, institutions of higher education,… Continue reading

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

Featured Article, Event filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Oct 11, 2016

ILSR Sponsors the Fourth National Cultivating Community Composting Forum, Scholarship Fund Announced

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/2017-cultivating-community-composting-forum/

In collaboration with the US Composting Council (USCC) and BioCycle, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance announces two events to be held in conjunction with the USCC’s International Conference and Trade Show, COMPOST2017, in Los Angeles: Best Practices in Community Composting Workshop –  January 23, 2017 Cultivating Community Composting Forum 2017 – January 24, 2017 These events will… Continue reading

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