a one-day event for community composters, urban farmers and community gardeners to learn, network and grow.

when: Saturday, October 19
11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
where: Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
1777 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio

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Registration fee: $35

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610-967-4135 x 21


10:30–11:00 AM  


11:00 AM–12:15 PM  

Breadth And Depth
Of Community Composting

Community Gardens, Urban Farms And Small Decentralized Operations

Panelists:   Bill Dawson, Franklin Park Conservatory, Growing To Green, Columbus, Ohio
Greg Jackson, Groundz Recycling LLC, Cleveland, Ohio Erik Martig, BIG!Compost, NYC Compost Project Local Organics Recovery Program, Queens, New York City Marisa Dedominicis, Earth Matter, NYC Compost Project Local Organics Recovery Program, New York City Noah Fishman, Highfields Center for Composting, Hardwick, VermontxJennifer (Spencer) Mastalerz, Philly Compost, Philadelphia
12:15–1:00 PM  

Interactive Lunch
With Community Composters

All lunch tables will have a panelist from Forum sessions to facilitate discussion.

1:00–2:00 PM  

Composting Methods

Tools, Labor, Food Scraps Receiving, Odor And Vector Management

Panelists:   David Buckel, Community Composting Consulting, Brooklyn, New York City Charlie Bayrer, Earth Matter, NYC Compost Project Local Organics Recovery Program, Queens, New York City James McSweeney, Highfields Center for Composting, Hardwick, Vermont
2:00–2:45 PM  

Tackling Critical Components — "Speed Dating" With Community Composters

Topics include: Financing, Volunteer Coordination, Permitting, Land Access And Compost Quality

*Your input is helpful! Please see note below*
2:45–3:15 PM  

Building A Community of Practice

Next Steps To Cultivate Community Composting

Discussion: Help shape a national Community Composting Forum and Network, to be hosted at www.biocycle.net/communitycomposting

3:30–4:30 PM  

Tour of Franklin Park Conservatory's Community Garden And Composting Site

Tour Leader:   Bill Dawson, Franklin Park Conservatory
*A brief survey has been prepared to learn more about your composting program. The information you provide will help inform selection of topics for discussion at the upcoming Cultivating Community Composting Forum. A link to the survey will be emailed once we receive your registration.