"Environmental conservation has been a passion of mine for a long time, and I started my 'composting journey' a few years ago with a pallet composter in my back yard. At one point in my journey, I became discouraged with the practice for several reasons: I started adding a lot of hay from my chicken coop, which was heavy and made my compost hard to turn & mix with my shovel; my chickens started getting into the compost and would toss most of it down the hill digging for bugs; and lastly, some of the loved ones in my life thought composting was gross, and disregarded the value I saw in it...
... Then, one day several months back, I noticed an ad for the “Come, Post Your Compost!” project on Facebook. It was so validating to see that the Tennessee Environmental Council thought composting was important enough to start a whole campaign & state-wide goal about it! Joining part in the CPYC project reenergized my composting efforts and motivated me to make changes to avoid future burnout. My husband and I converted a 55-gal drum into a rolling compost bin, which has made the whole process easier and more rewarding for me. Additionally, the possibility of winning a money-prize was enough to motivate the residents at the group home I work for to want to learn how to compost. We have had several house meetings to talk about what composting is, why it is important, and what you can or cannot put into the compost bin. Some of my clients knew about composting before, but for others it was completely new! Now composting is a part of daily habit for the group home, and once a week I take a kitty-litter tub’s worth of compost home to my rolling composter. I’d like to think that this habit will continue on with many of the residents as they move out.
For me, the Come Post Your Compost Facebook page has been a great place to learn more about composting while casually scrolling through my news feed, and it’s a great way to support one another. It has been so inspiring to see other Tennesseans who value this practice as much as I do!"
---Megan Jordan of Unicoi County
Thank you Megan for sharing your compost story with us. If you have want to discuss your compost journey through our program, please email us at email@example.com. Happy composting, folks!
Way to go Shannon Bates (and her kiddos) of Knox County on winning our mid-September raffle draw! Keep submitting your totals and recruiting your friends and family to join #ComePostYourCompost. You could be the next winner and get $50 too!! 🤗💸💸
Congratulations to Yolanda Hermosillo of Shelby County! She has won herself our "Composter of the Month" award for the month of August. Yolanda composts through the dig and drop method, check out her pictures here to see how she composts. Her dedication to submitting frequently, posting her successes and recruiting others to join the effort won her $100!
We are pleased to announce, Patricia as the recipient of our monthly CA$H giveaway for August! She earned $50 for submitting regularly and contributing to our composting efforts. You too can win cash money by participating in #ComePostYourCompost and getting your friends and family to join you. Good work, Patricia, and Happy Composting!
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
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.
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!”
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