Compost Fuels MORE Than Just a Garden

We live a very strange custom. We buy food, prepare it, eat it, and throw away what we don’t consume. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that matter cannot be created or destroyed...so why do we waste food by dumping it into landfills, never to be seen again?

In 2015 alone, more than 39 million tons of food waste was generated and a whopping 94.7% of this was sent to a landfill or incinerator. With 33% of the worlds soil already degraded and unusable for growing crops, where will this leave my own children in 30 years?

Food waste that was diverted from landfills to fight soil degradation. Photo by: Justin Dalaba

Food waste that was diverted from landfills to fight soil degradation. Photo by: Justin Dalaba

I’m not worried about leaving my children a house or money because my biggest concern lies with leaving them a healthy planet to live on. In my journey to foster a healthy planet, I found a simple solution to this food crisis: Composting. Composting turns unwanted food scraps and yard trimmings that society is quick to discard, back into something that will feed the future. To put it simply, compost creates much-needed, nutrient-rich soil. You can use it in your own garden, or give it away to someone that does! There are many tips and tricks online to create the best soil, but nature really does most of the work.

Bob Roth’s New River Grove’s famous Orange. Photo by: Justin Dalaba

Bob Roth’s New River Grove’s famous Orange. Photo by: Justin Dalaba

I live in an apartment without a yard, but I found an easy solution for composting. I called a local food stand, Bob Roth’s New River Grove to ask about donating compost. I went in expecting to drop off my compost and go, but what I found was amazing. Steven Wain began a gardening program for kids with special needs. Students from local high schools come out to the Grove on weekdays to care for the garden and on weekends sell the herbs they grow to help fund the program.

They’re planting, propagating, watering, harvesting, learning, experiencing, and having fun thanks to Steve, his dedicated volunteers, and their big-hearted teachers.

One school group is growing Dusky Eggplant. Photo by: Justin Dalaba

One school group is growing Dusky Eggplant. Photo by: Justin Dalaba

5 gallon buckets herbs are grown in for sale to fundraise for the program. Photo By: Justin Dalaba

5 gallon buckets herbs are grown in for sale to fundraise for the program. Photo By: Justin Dalaba

This green masterpiece features a garden plot for each school, a variety of herbs for selling, and a butterfly garden full of monarch’s and Florida’s state butterflies. And let’s not forget the part that helped me find the program, the compost pile and worm bins that fuel the growth and success of the gardens.

It truly is one of the best kept secrets my town has to offer!

The Florida State Butterfly called the Zebra Longwing. Photo by: Justin Dalaba

The Florida State Butterfly called the Zebra Longwing. Photo by: Justin Dalaba

Be the Sealution and start composting today!
~ Jessica Jean

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