Interviewer: What is your business about?
Waste Not Compost Founder: Creating healthy soil to grow healthy food! It’s about diverting organic matter from going to a landfill. Food waste rots in anaerobic conditions (landfills) and create potent greenhouse gases. Composting food waste creates a nutrient dense soil amendment. Compost helps plants to fight off diseases, produce more crops, and retain more water in the soil.
I: What got you interested in composting?
WNCF: I started farming in my backyard and found out that I had terrible soil. I started composting my own households food waste to improve our soil in hopes of having healthier plants! It helped and I was hooked!
I: Why did you choose to start a business for composting?
WNCF: I truly want to educate people about why composting is so good for a community. The majority of people don’t understand that food waste is a communities resource that can be up-cycled and turned into a valuable natural fertilizer. It is an awesome process to watch and create!
I: How did you get started?
WNCF: Very s-l-o-w-l-y! At first I was just adding my clients food waste to my own compost pile but realized I needed more space and proper equipment. Currently, I am composting at Springdale Farm in Plymouth and I have two other farms that are also interested.
I: Where did you learn everything you know about composting?
WNCF: Lots and lots of reading! YouTube has also been very informative. I’ve also toured and talked with farmers about what methods of composting they use.
I: What is one of your goals for your business in the upcoming year?
WNCF: My goal for 2018 is to reach 500 clients. Once this goal is met, I want to purchase an in vessel composter which will allow me to collect meat and dairy food waste. This method of composting cuts the time to create compost from months to weeks!