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Compost Happens!

By Kate Medley, August 5, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kate Medley
Our South Region has joined with Farmer D Organics to recycle the green waste from select stores and bring it to Longwood Plantation where Mike Smith and Daron Joffe, a.k.a. Farmer D, transform it into biodynamic organic compost.
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Eva says ...
Great news! I hope this program expands to other regions!
08/05/2008 11:46:59 AM CDT
Rene Perez says ...
I work as team member at the Potrero Hill store in San Francisco and we adhere strictly to WFM Green Mission program. This idea will surely work in the city ,since we have several community gardens scattered all over the neighborhoods.If the South Region can do,Northern California we not be far behind. Keep up the good work.
09/11/2008 12:12:29 AM CDT
Peggy D says ...
I would like to learn which locations are doing this...and really why all are not? Great idea...so much produce and all going to waste can now go to a good cause!
09/16/2008 11:00:40 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
Hi Peggy. In most all of our regions, our stores have composting programs in place. This video with Farmer D simply highlights the program in one of our more progressive regions.
09/16/2008 11:34:55 AM CDT
Darrah says ...
This program with Farmer D is happening in all of our Atlanta-area stores, our Birmingham, AL store, and our Greenville, SC store. It mainly has to do with how our trucks run -- our North Carolina stores have a separate program which handles the composted material locally as well. Hope this helps!
09/23/2008 2:19:58 PM CDT
Federico says ...
Is this program running in Austin, TX?
04/09/2009 5:51:38 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
Yes, Austin, TX has a composting program.
04/09/2009 12:16:50 PM CDT
Bokashi says ...
Hi Kate, Thank you so much for sharing that video. It is so good to see footage of big scale composting. I definitely will pass this video through. I'm a big composting fan, since I think it is great for the environment. However, I'm not doing it on big scale, since I live in a small apartment. Therefore I use the Bokashi bin for it, which is a great way of composting as well. Thanks again! Roel
02/17/2010 6:16:02 PM CST
steven meeks says ...
Is there facility like this in the Los Angeles area? One that can be toured by food policy students?
02/16/2015 1:15:45 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@STEVEN - I ran a search on Google and found one in the area. Not sure if they offer tours but you can find info at http://www.lacitysan.org/srpcd/MC_griffithPark.htm.
02/17/2015 12:22:32 PM CST