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Summer of Soil

It’s a busy summer this year! I am preparing to teach the Composting Ecology course at the University of Vermont for a month from mid-July to mid-August. Before that happens though, we are celebrating the launch of a community compost program in Claremont, CA. And I am giving a talk on the Power of Soil at the Pasadena Library. Both events are free and open to the public. Come check them out if you’re around!

Community Composting at the Claremont Friends Meeting: Sunday, July 1 from 11am – 1pm we are having a Launch Day Celebration. This program will accept residential food waste from 30 families from within the Friends Meeting House program. This eliminates transportation emissions associated with hauling entirely, as member families are already going to the Friends Meeting House for community programming, and will just need to bring their bucket of food scraps with them. At our Launch Day Celebration, we will talk about the basics of composting and build our inaugural pile. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other like-minded folks, get some physical activity, and do meaningful work together. This program is being launched through a local organization called Sustainable Claremont.

The Power of Soil at the Pasadena Library: Saturday, July 7 at 10:30am I will be talking about the importance of soil health in maintaining the health and well-being of people, the environment, and our communities. I will provide a broad overview of soil and society, the importance of the microbiome, and the transformative power of community scale programs.

I’ll be visiting farms and compost operations in New England while I’m there. If you’d like to have me speak, teach, or consult on any kind of compost program, I’ll be available in September!

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Punk Rock Compost Cafe

It’s happening! Old school punk rock meets rotting food waste in this celebration of death and decay at Artemisia Nursery. Yours truly and my wonderful fellow compost queen Alexandra Carbone will share our visions and experiences of composting at urban farms and gardens in LA County, followed by a quick and dirty pile building demonstration, and freeform Q&A and mingling over soil and Iggy Pop. Free coffee provided by 3Coffee.LA, as well as free herbal and caffeinated teas. Come talk about dirt over the sounds of the Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Joan Jett, Misfits, Black Flag, The Adicts, TSOL, and more!

This is a free event happening Saturday, May 26 from 11am – 1pm. See you there!