For both farms and gardens, compost can help create a richer soil that better nourishes plants and crops. But compost can also play an important role in fighting climate change, by helping the land store more carbon.
If you already compost, thank you! If not, consider getting your own compost pile going this week. To help you start your own pile, we recommend the article “Home Composting Made Easy,” and the excellent book Compost City. If composting at home isn’t for you, spend a little time looking up what other options are available in your area. For example, community gardens, parks, farms and even some municipalities may collect your organic material to make into compost–and those places can provide you with guidance as to what types of food scraps they can process.
It’s also good to keep in mind that compost is for more than just food scraps! You can also add used paper napkins, other non-glossy paper products and yard waste to the compost bin. However, most backyard bins and small composting operations can’t process bioplastics, so don’t put those corn-based plastic cups and utensils in the compost bin without checking.