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

Featured Article, Resource filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Linda Bilsens | | Updated on Dec 21, 2017

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In honor of our upcoming 5th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum and Workshop in Atlanta — which will bring together dozens of community composters from around the country — we are releasing this video that features past attendees sharing 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. They are the social innovators and entrepreneurs that are collecting food waste by burning calories instead of fossil fuel, employing youth and marginalized groups, and developing innovative data-sharing applications and cooperative ownership structures. They are the compost educators and facilitators that are building equity and power in our communities from the ground up, by supporting businesses, schools, farmers, community centers, and other communities in need. They are the front lines, grassroots, boots-on-the-ground that are cultivating awareness of and demand for compost and its associated benefits. They are transforming landscapes, urban and rural (and everything in between), by getting compost into the hands that feed the soil that feeds us.

Support the community composting movement! We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to help enable community composters to attend the January 2018 events. Contributions will go into our 2018 CCC scholarship fund to help us bring dozens of community composters to the event who normally could not attend due to the expense of travel. With your help we can cover their travel, registration, and workshop costs! Please consider donating today!

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