Turning Scraps into Plants

Kompost Kids Inc is an all-volunteer organization. Some of our most favorite volunteers are the plants that spontaneously grow or regrow in our compost piles. We frequently see potatoes and especially onions sprout new roots and new leaves in our contribution bins. Squash flourish in the finished compost piles. Plants thrive around us, and so we thought it would be fun to try to grow

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Volunteer Composting — A TON of Fun

As Milwaukeeans, we love our street fests. As compost and sustainability experts, it’s a little tough to see all those corncobs and plastic beer cups in a garbage can headed to a landfill. On September 16th, we’re partnering for the 5th year with the amazing Bay View Bash team and Blue Ribbon Organics to change the way neighborhood festivals can think through their “waste”

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Great Prizes, Awesome Community Support at HamBINGO!

“Hosted by the fabulous Dear Ruthie and Karen Valentine, this is NOT your typical “church basement bingo.”” – Hamburger Mary’s We’re the featured charity for this fantastic upcoming HamBINGO event, Wednesday, August 2 – BINGO starts at 8PM. There are fun drink specials supporting Kompost Kids as well. Kompost Kids will have 10 fabulous new prizes to win. BINGO cards are free (1 card

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Thanks Girl Scouts!

We recently received a great email from a girl scout troop in California thanking us for the community composting resources, and suggesting one of their own! In their research, the troop found this guide to composting in small spaces. Subsequently, we added it to our Additional Resources page! As the troop leader, Cindy said, they try to “follow the Girl Scout slogan of “Do a good turn daily.”

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Come ‘N Get It

Our site at Auer and Gordon in Riverwest, lovingly renovated in Spring 2016, now cycles toward the public entrance to the nature preserve and offers a self-serve model of compost screening. Compost is there for the taking, and the public is welcome to visit our site to learn about how to produce first-rate local compost with rudimentary tools and materials. Our system is very

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Compost Curb Appeal

As with its backyard counterpart, community composting follows the time-honored commandment Thou Shalt Be a Good Neighbor. Although some of us struggle to remember that a heap of rotting kitchen garbage and leaves isn’t inherently beautiful to most people, we do try to take seriously the aesthetic and olfactory concerns of our neighbors. And while our primary beneficiaries are generally microorganisms, earthworms, and soil structural

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Seeking 2017 Bay View Bash Sustainability Intern

Board member, Maddy, and her daughter sorting Bay View Bash materials in 2016. We’re looking for an organized, sustainability-minded, intern to help coordinate our efforts to make the 2017 Bay View Bash a zero-waste event. Check out the Full Internship Description and our Mission and Vision for more details! The intern must be present the entire day of the Bash: September 16th, 2017. The Bay

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Save the Dates, Upcoming Events

As we shake of the sluggishness of winter, the Kompost Kids are gearing up for an active spring. Come join us for compost turnings, tabling events, and community outreach. Our sites are thawed out and warming up, and as usual, there’s a lot of maintenance and tidying to do. Four exciting events in April. April 16 – Compost Turning and Education in River West

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The Kitchen Scavenger: From Scraps to Broth

I have a tendency to clean out my mom’s fridge and freezer when she goes on vacation. By “clean” I mean that I use random scraps (parmesan rinds, bread crust) and ends of veggies (and sometimes fruit – like an apple!) that are nearing expiration and add this to the frozen bags of veggie ends, chicken bones, and whatever else I might be storing

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Welcome New Board Members

The Kompost Kids organization is lucky and grateful to be welcoming two excellent and accomplished board members to our leadership team. Both will leverage their academic backgrounds, professional expertise, and personal commitment to our tireless cause of organics diversion, local disposal, and community education in Milwaukee and beyond. Renee Scampini is a Milwaukee native and current UW-Milwaukee Urban Studies Ph.D. student with a background

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