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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A Year of Accomplishments

In May of 2014, we stopped picking up preconsumer restaurant waste for free, but we continue to collect kitchen scraps from five loyally supportive and paying Milwaukee restaurants. Even as we phased down our postconsumer pilot program by late spring, in the early part of the year, we picked up from more than 15 restaurants.  Individual restaurant volumes vary widely from week to week

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The Future of Composting is Residential

MIT has produced an excellent new study of the new frontier in municipal waste management: curbside compost collection. The study looks at every aspect of this growth area in composting and considers best practices from the perspectives of cost, compliance, and quality of results. The Kompost Kids are lobbying for compost adoption at every level: commercial, municipal, and residential. We’ve helped teach many Milwaukee

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Growing Local Fertility – New Report

The Highfields Center for Composting and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently collaborated on an exhaustive new report on community composting that featured Kompost Kids and similar organizations in other cities that are spreading the gospel of local disposal and soil regeneration (see page 47). The report goes deeply into the whys, hows, and whats of community composting at a variety of scales, from “home hubs”

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Beware: Coffee Pods Lurking!

Sorry, Keurig converts, but coffee pods are simply no fun in the compost bin, community or otherwise. Thrice in the past several weeks, I’ve pulled a load of single-serving pods out of our contribution bin at the Scooter Foundation at Buffum and Wright and brought them home to harvest the grounds and paper filter and pitch the remnant unsavories, the foil top and plastic

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Spring Heat

It’s still pretty chilly in Milwaukee, but things are heating up at our compost sites. All four of our River West sites are back in action, ready for new contributions, and are looking especially good after some spring cleaning. It’s a wonderful thing to behold a once-frozen pile of material having fully thawed out and beginning to reheat as the bacteria rapidly colonize and

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Bradley Tech HS – 2014 Dirt Day Winner

Kompost Kids is proud to announce Bradley Tech High School as the beneficiary of this year’s Dirt Day giveaway on May 10. We’ll be building compost bins, painting buckets, moving dirt, and working with our new partner to launch their community garden. Stop by to join in the fun, 12 – 4 p.m. Congratulations, Bradley Tech! Once again, we’ll be harnessing all the people

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