Congratulations to Rhett Harrell for earning January's "Exemplary Composter of the Month". Rhett has shown great commitment to composting and has gone above and beyond in his efforts in Come, Post your Compost. Here is his personal composting story:
"I grew up learning a lot about gardening from my mom. She composted by the dig and dump method and after years had incredible garden soil. We recently moved to Tennessee from the Atlanta area and purchased a new home in Lenoir City. I am planning on building a garden in the coming months to grow vegetables for my family. I have started pricing out garden soil and compost and decided to try and produce as much compost as I can. Following a simple design I found from the Joe Gardener podcast, I collected a few pallets and started collecting compostable material. Shortly after hearing the podcast, I saw an advertisement promoting the “Come post your compost” and I signed up. I heard Starbucks would give out free coffee grounds and when I asked for the grounds my first time, I was surprised how many grounds were produced in just a few hours. Every time I pick up a bag at a local Starbucks, I still am shocked how many grounds are thrown away each day. The thing that makes me so happy is seeing my kids bring me material and ask if we can put it in the compost bin. They were shocked to see the steam rising from it the first time I turned it. Thank you Tennessee Environmental Council for this opportunity and we are all excited to see all the vegetables our garden will produce this summer."