Compost System Building Workshop

Sep. 26
Compost System Building Workshop
Date(s) - Saturday 09/26/2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Collard City Growers

Register for this event here.

Setting up a compost system is a fulfilling and relatively easy way to practice food autonomy. At this workshop, we’ll build a compost system and address challenges that are unique to an urban setting. Collard City Growers incorporates small livestock into its compost system, so we’ll also discuss the role animals play in food autonomy, soil health, and climate change.

Compost! Its simplest definition is aerobically decomposed organic waste. It needs just carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and water to create nutritious, microbe-rich soil conditioner for garden beds. It’s one of the most effective forms of recycling and doesn’t need any fancy tech to divert waste from landfills.

Food and food scraps are a huge part of the waste stream; the FDA reports that 30-40% of the US food supply is wasted, and food is the single largest category of municipal waste that goes to landfills. Yuck! Once in a landfill, organic matter doesn’t compost – it breaks down without oxygen. The anaerobic conditions of landfills contribute to methane emissions, and food waste is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions! Double whammy.

Food waste is a systemic problem of the agricultural industrial complex. In the years since the Great Depression, boom-bust cycles consolidated smaller farms into conglomerates, driven by USDA policies like crop subsidies and racist lending practices that shut Black, Brown, and Indigenous farmers out of land ownership. “Big Ag” still controls most of the policies that shape our food and farming systems.

So, join us for a small act of resistance and revolution that we hope you’ll recreate! We also hope to hear from you – What challenges to food autonomy do you face? How can we further engage the community with our compost efforts?

Thank you to the Albany Branch of the Capital District DSA for offering to help us build our compost system. The DSA has acquired a plot to develop a public food forest in Schenectady as part of its comprehensive plan of mutual aid. They reached out to Collard City Growers for advice on planning their future community garden.

Participants will receive a copy of the Collard City Growers compost design plan and materials list. We will provide water – plus some bonus treats! This event is outdoors and we will practice social distancing. Bring a mask and snacks or a light lunch. We’ll be working with tools and digging, so please wear pants and closed-toed shoes. This workshop is open to all interested regardless of experience or ability.

Cover photo: Jamel Mosely