Cultivating Community Composting Forum

Columbus, OH

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, OH

Saturday, October 19, 2013 11am - 4:30pm

“In the beginning of 2013, we met a group of community composters from New York City who were interested in starting a national forum for practitioners and advocates of community composting,” explains Nora Goldstein, editor of BioCycle. “They approached us about hosting this forum, and working together to build a national network to foster a ‘community of successful practices.” The event in Columbus serves to help build this network on both the local and national levels, with community composting practitioners and advocates from Ohio as well as the broader Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. The opening panel discussion on October 19 reflects this mix, with community composters and gardeners from Columbus and Cleveland, as well as New York City and Vermont.

The forum is designed to maximize exchange of lessons learned in a range of categories that include land access and permitting, financing, composting methods that eradicate odors and pests, recruiting and managing volunteers, and compost utilization in community gardens, urban farms and neighborhood greening. Forum participants are asked to complete an on-line survey that requests information on their community composting projects, information needs and operating challenges. Responses will inform the afternoon “speed-dating” topics, as well as provide insights to help shape the national Community Composting Forum and Network.
The $35 registration fee includes lunch and a tour of the Franklin Park Conservatory’s community gardens and composting operation.

Organized by BioCycle. Sponsored by Organics Recycling Association of Ohio, Highfields Center for Composting, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Reotemp, Green Mountain Technologies, and O2 Compost.