Restaurant Policy Update

The Kompost Kids Inc. is dedicated to creating healthy living soil for community-based agriculture projects. We are a team of volunteers committed to the education of individuals and businesses regarding the diversion of potential landfill material into the building of soil in the most environmentally conscious way. The soil we make is donated to community gardens and non­profit groups growing their own food in an urban environment. We offer

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Seeking Bay View Bash Sustainability Intern

ABOUT US Kompost Kids Inc. is an all-volunteer nonprofit dedicated to educating the public, businesses, and institutions about the benefits of compost and to reclaim organic materials from landfills to create soil for community-based agriculture projects. DESCRIPTION Responsible for planning and implementing Kompost Kids Inc. composting program at the 2015 Bay View Bash, Milwaukee’s largest all-volunteer street festival. Help the event become a zero-waste

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Home Site Maintenance

Through our network of community compost sites, the Kompost Kids offer a decentralized approach to community composting. We believe our model represents the future of municipal composting, or at least an important piece of the larger fabric of solutions that cities like Milwaukee will embrace to confront the significant economic, environmental, and logistical challenges of progressive waste management. And the Institute for Local Self

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Innovative Composting Scheme in Shorewood

The We Got Leaves Bucket Exchange is a community composting scheme offered free of charge to interested Shorewood residents. The program allows participants to deliver buckets of kitchen scraps to a single location, from which they are processed into finished compost by a master composter. We Got Leaves currently uses a large backyard compost operation and two community garden properties to compost the material

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Compost Tourism

A few weeks ago, during our Saturday turning at River West’s Scooter Foundation Community Garden, we were gratified to receive our first authentic compost tourist, an energetic staffer from Wellspring Farm, who wanted to see how the Kompost Kids did compost in Milwaukee while visiting for the weekend. It was cold and snowy, so we worked quickly and got the job done. In the

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A Year in Review

A hearty Happy New Year from the Kompost Kids to all our devoted volunteers, committed sponsors, and community supporters. We couldn’t do our work without you. As we turn the corner on 2014, let us pause to share a few of our exciting benchmarks and accomplishments. Our community compost program diverted over 37,000 pounds (16 metric tons) of kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, and other

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Going Residential in 2015

The United Nations declared 2015 International Year of the Soils, and we are getting geared up for some exciting new initiatives in soil regeneration, bringing more black gold to the Milwaukee area. We’ve worked successfully with small businesses, we’ve partnered with schools and community gardens, and now we are taking the compost gospel to the neighborhoods we call home. We want to start by

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Winter Composting in Milwaukee

Temperatures are dropping outside, and we’re doing our best to keep things warm in our piles. Consistent temperatures below freezing, as we experienced last winter, are very tough to fight off in your pile unless you are working at a very large scale. But for most people composting in backyards and community gardens, this time of year is all about season extension, or delaying

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Growing Power Conference Success

The Kompost Kids recently joined Growing Power staff in representing best practices in urban composting and soil improvement projects in Milwaukee and Chicago and offered advice to a diverse audience of conference attendees from all over the country. Growing Power’s third National-International Urban Agriculture & Small Farm Conference covered a vast amount of territory, ranging from lectures on local power production (literally empowering communities), food justice

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November Turnings in River West

As part of our preparation for winter temperatures, we’ll be hosting a series of public turnings and compost education events at our network sites in River West. We’ll be getting things ready for winter, moving compost, helping gardeners winterize their beds, and learning about compost pile maintenance and troubleshooting. We’ve got lots of compost, so bring something to haul it away in and take your

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