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!”
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.
Around my house, the motto is "We Can Compost It!" After every meal, we all scrape our plates into the counter-top compost bin, and I place all my coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, paper towels, tea bags, and the like in it throughout the day. "Wait! Can you compost that?" I ask when I see someone heading for the garbage can, which I've hidden in the pantry so that it's out of sight, out of mind. Almost always, the answer is "We can!" so I usually have a full bin to carry out to the back yard every evening. ("Time to slop the grubs," I announce.) My totals average 3-5 lbs a day, and in the summer, all the melon rinds and corn cobs fill it up especially fast! I started composting around 10 years ago, soon after we moved into our house in Old Hickory and I saw an article in the Tennessean that Metro was offering Green Machine composting bins for $40. I've been composting daily ever since, and I'm always astounded that the level of waste in the bin always stays at the 3/4-full mark, which lets me know everything's breaking down just right. Next to the green machine, I have an area loosely fenced in with chicken wire where I dump yard clippings and leaves, and sometimes I'll toss in a shovelful of these, too, but in general, I usually just let the worms and bugs do their work in peace, disturbing them briefly a couple of times in the spring and summer to shovel out some dirt when I plant my herbs and tomatoes. My primary goal with composting is to contribute less trash to the landfill. Between composting, reducing, and recycling, we usually have one bag of garbage every two weeks, and I'd love to reduce it even more. I joined #ComePostYourCompost after seeing information about the program at the Nashville Earth Day festival this April (and, honestly, I just cannot resist clever word play). Composting makes me feel helpful and empowered. I'm so happy to be the Composter of the Month! Thank you!
Laura Fry won a $100 Visa card for her exemplary composting efforts! You too can be a winner by recruiting others to join #ComePostYourCompost, submitting weekly totals, and sending us pictures or posting to our Facebook group.
Happy Composting, and keep up that dirty work!
Congratulations to Renee Conger of Knox County on winning our mid-May raffle draw! As a result of regularly submitted her totals, Renee recieved a cash prize this month for composting! How easy is that?! You too can win big by submitting consistently and recruiting others to join the effort. Stay dirty, composters, and #ComePostYourCompost
Carol Mullis of White County! We applaud all your hard work this April in reducing food waste going to our landfills through our favorite -- composting.
Check out that compost mountain!
Participate this month and you too can win by submitting your food waste totals, recruiting others to join and posting on our Facebook group page (or sending #ComePostYourCompost pictures to email@example.com).
Karin Hoover of Knox County is this month's raffle drawing winner! As a result of submitting her food waste totals and participating with Tennessee Environmental Council's compost campaign Karin received a $50 Visa gift card. Thank you Karin, and keep up that dirty work! #ComePostYourCompost
Tennessee Environmental Council is proud to announce Mary Ellen Ehman from Coffee County as March's mid-month raffle drawing winner. Mary expressed her excitement in winning this month's cash price, "I’m so excited I won the “Come, Post Your Compost” challenge! Maybe I’ll get a selfie stick with the $. Every one great job! Keep composting your garden will be happy and you might be the next winner".
Thank you Mary Ellen and all of our dedicated composters!
Ambitious Educators Luwana Bawcum and Mary Glendura of Benton County dedicated themselves to teaching 18 scouts about herbs and composting. Luwana explains a great way to engage a young group of learners, "We played the Compost Game. A scout would pick an item out of a box and we would yell either "IN" or "OUT" of the compost pile. They also did a hands-on activity by making their own mini-composters in empty plastic water bottles, which were gathered from my recent Camden Garden Club bingo night fundraiser. The scouts were amazed to see that the one I had made a week earlier had already begun to turn into compost!"
And we are amazed too! Thank you Luwana and Mary for instilling a love and curiosity for the natural world of composting into the next generation. Happy composting, folks!