We build and facilitate composting communities throughout LA County. We retell the story of food to include its life beyond the plate, and the profound impact healthy soils have on our communities. Our mission at LA Compost is to connect the people of Los Angeles to the soil, and each other. In pursuit of our mission we are building local infrastructure and educational programs to support the just transition of food waste into a resource.
What is Compost?
Composting is the process of decomposing organic matter. Food scraps provide the nitrogen source. Yard clippings and paper materials provide the carbon source. Together, with water, air and time, these materials break down and together become a soil additive for healthy and nutritious plant growth.
Finished compost is a nutrient rich soil additive to replace synthetic fertilizers. Applying finished compost to garden beds and soils will increase water retention, decrease erosion, and provide a habitat for microbial biodiversity. This means healthier soils, healthier plants, healthier food, and healthier people.
When food waste is left to rot in a landfill we are losing a valuable resource. By diverting food scraps from landfill and instead putting it in a compost bin to safely breakdown, we are mimicking mature's process to returning nutrients back to the earth.
Why Healthy Soils? Healthy Soils are a vital living ecosystem, the habitat for many microbial organisms that are essential for plant health. [more] There are environmental, social and physical benefits to healthy soils. [link to reference page: healthy soils, articles & research]
How do we build healthy communities?
What inspires us the most are the connections made around the compost pile. On community turn days we see youth interacting with older community members, people who otherwise spend their week glued to a computer screen getting their hands dirty in the soil, and neighbors who meet each other's families. By mimicking compost, we see that we have the resources to heal communities, and to heal ourselves, becoming more resilient because of our diversity and our togetherness. [link to reference page: national composting efforts, ILSR]