The Garden at 485 Elm began composting food scraps and garden waste in 2014. In that first growing season, we cobbled together some pallets and threw everything in them. It wasn’t hot composting, but we kept our food scraps and lawn waste to ourselves.
Our first Compost Coordinator led a redesign and rebuild of Compostville two seasons ago. Read about it here.
Now bigger changes are afoot. The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF) awarded The Garden at 485 Elm a grant to participate as a pilot project site for Food Scrap Composting in Community Gardens, in partnership with
- The Vermont Community Garden Network
- The Composting Association of Vermont
- The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District
Learn more about this project here.
We have an enthusiastic Compost Team, a Compost Steward, and volunteers from the UVM Master Composter program. (The Garden is a certified Master Composter and Master Gardener volunteer site.)