Sadie McElrath is the winner from the Compost Appreciation Challenge. She shares her perspective of composting and why she adheres to this sustainable practice!
"We really committed to composting everything possible when we learned about the Zero Waste Movement two years ago. I never knew our trash was causing so many problems! Composting is the ultimate best zero waste swap--instead of creating a liability in landfills, our scraps are turned into a valuable resource. Our 2 and 5 year old daughters have learned to love worms and value soil. It gives me joy to see them answering the question at the end of the video :)"
Why do YOU compost?! Send us your compost testimonials and #ComePostYourCompost
Sara Bielaczyc from Davidson County is awarded a $100 Visa gift card for her photo series submission for Come, Post Your Compost's summer competition. Sara expresses her composting journey and shares the array of benefits that composting brings to her life.
I have been striving for a low waste, less impactful on the earth life, and every year we try to add and improve. We now have two big pallet bins for chicken manure and fall leaves. We have a tumbler in the back which always gets soldier flies that we can now feed to our chickens. We have a in the garage worm bin for mainly food scraps and shredded junk mail. I take compost from work and a friends chicken manure. I would love to compost for more people and to inspire others to do it for themselves! #comepostyourcompost
Compost Offers a Peace of Mind
Farming the Sustainable Way
Sara Maximoff from Greene County shares what composting means to her:
"Compost appreciation! We compost because it aligns with our core values: We care about the food we eat, so we care about how it's grown. The food and flowers we grow deplete the soil, so we mimic nature to replenish it. Adding compost back into the soil improves the topsoil, which is the sustainable way to farm. If we do this right, seven generations down should still be able to farm this land too. ❤️
The payoff? We get delicious, heathy produce and flowers! We've started selling cut flowers at the market, connecting us to all kinds of farmers and producers who so willingly share their bounty and their wisdom. We're eating better than ever and living more beautifully AND sustainably. And we get to raise the next generation of farmers while we do it. #comepostyourcompost"
"Compost Appreciation! We have diverted lots of waste & even some from our always overflowing recycling bin. We have supplemented 2 brand new garden beds with our compost & our little girl is learning the importance of taking care of our earth.She is learning some fun science lessons by observing what's going on in our compost tumbler! #comepostyourcompost"
Submitted by Samantha Dmochowski and her daughter, participants from Hamilton County.
Compost-- A Winning Choice!
Kathryn Dipietro & Dale Overturf from Roane County share what their experiences have been through Tennessee Environmental Council's #ComePostYourCompost program.
“We love composting and look at that shiny new compost pail. And we really love it when we grow things in our compost bin. Last week cantaloupe. This week sweet potatoes! Not only are we saving things from going to the landfill, we are also growing food from our scraps and using earthworms and compostables to enrich our garden. Anyway you look at it, it is a winning choice.”
“One of the things composting has made me very mindful of is wasted food. Since Dale and I have been composting, I'd think we have really redused our wasted food. We shop less, use more, and make sure we use what we have before it goes bad. We also are using food scraps to grow food in our garden. We have red peppers, cantaloupe, broccoli, and celery growing from food scraps and flourishing in the garden. Thank you for bringing this to our attention through your composting initiative!”
I appreciate the ability to live a relatively simple life and composting helps me to accomplish that. --Amy Roberts of Hamilton County
This is a photo series submission from Amy Roberts of Hamilton County for our summer competition, Compost Appreciation Challenge.
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