Make Dirt, Not Trash: Volunteers Make It Possible

An article series by Kompost Kids and Milwaukee Area Science Advocates Welcome to the #MakeDirtNotTrash series which describes the efforts of Kompost Kids, Milwaukee Area Science advocates (MASA), and the Bay View Bash moving towards an all-volunteer, near-zero–waste street festival. Check out the previous articles: The Bay View Bash Keeps Trash Out of the Landfill and Our Roots. Volunteers make it possible for us

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Make Dirt, Not Trash: Our Roots

An article series by Kompost Kids and Milwaukee Area Science Advocates Thanks for following along the #MakeDirtNotTrash series which describes the efforts of Kompost Kids, Milwaukee Area Science advocates (MASA), and the Bay View Bash moving towards an all-volunteer near-zero waste street festival. Check out the first article in the series here. The commitment to making the Bash near-zero waste has been challenging. Below we

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Make Dirt Not Trash: The Bay View Bash Keeps Trash Out of the Landfill

An article series by Kompost Kids and Milwaukee Area Science Advocates. It’s time again to talk trash in Bay View. The city is hosting its annual Bay View Bash on September 15, between Potter and Clement on Kinnickinnic Avenue, and this year is revving up to be the biggest yet. The entirely volunteer-led festival is focused on becoming a sustainable, zero-waste event with all

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Free Compost!

Our site at Auer and Gordon in Riverwest, lovingly renovated a few years ago, 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

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This weekend – #ThisWillBeDirt

HUGE NEWS!! Our Good Friends at Company Brewing are supporting us in a big way. Bring or show this flyer anytime in May and let them know you’re with us. They’ll donate 10% of those sales to us 🙂 #ThisWillBeDirt Opening Night Reception Friday, May 4 from 7-11PM Artists collaborate to benefit Kompost Kids in a show at the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts. Renée luna

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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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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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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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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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