In the United States, an alarming 40% of the food we buy goes to waste. Imagine buying five bags of groceries, and by the time you’ve gotten to the car you’ve dropped two of them on the ground. Most food waste is landfilled or incinerated, creating methane gas, which is a major contributor to the climate crisis. But there’s a better way to deal with food waste: composting.
Anyone can compost, and Mountainkeeper is hosting a webinar with composting experts on April 20 from 6 - 7pm to dig into the hows and whys of composting, explore the magic process of changing food scraps into nutrient-rich soil, and discuss the important role composting plays in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. The webinar is free, but you must register to attend.
- Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management Institute - Jean has worked at the Cornell Waste Management Institute in solid waste education for over 20 years, first working for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Broome County, then for the Cornell Waste Management Institute. Reducing, repurposing, recycling and composting solid and organic residuals to mine and redirect resources from our waste stream is a systematic way to manage our waste stream.
- Shabazz Jackson and Josephine Papagni, Greenway Topsoil - Greenway's Owners, Shabazz Jackson and Josephine Papagni, are certified compost facility operators and professional soil blenders who design Zero Waste Systems and stormwater management. Greenway accepts food waste, leaves, stumps, logs, pallets and unpainted dimensional lumber at their facility, and the material is then processed into topsoil, compost and mulch.
- Dallas McCann, Farmer at White Feather Farm - White Feather Farm is a nonprofit farm located on Mohican and Munsee Lenape land in Saugerties, NY. The farm’s goal is to holistically share sustainable, organic agricultural practices with the community of the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Soil/heart/hands image courtesy of Black Earth Compost