Michael Martinez

Michael is a certified Master Gardener, a former elementary school teacher, and the Founder and Executive Director of L.A Compost. Michael has over 8 years of experience building gardens and compost systems throughout the County of Los Angeles as well as other parts of the country. Michael has grown LA Compost from a group of volunteers collecting organics with bikes to a decentralized network of community compost hubs that span across the most populated county in the country.


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Julia Mande

Julia has a decade of experience in sustainable food systems, from restaurant management to food production. Her professional career began in hospitality and has worked alongside chefs and farmers in NYC and LA. She gained hands on knowledge of food systems and farming practices at Blue Hill and The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. She was part of the opening management team of 3 ingredient driven restaurants and an indoor farming start up.  Julia understands compost from a sensory and practical perspective, learning through doing. She is interested in the healing properties of engaging with the earth, and connecting to the wisdom of nature.

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Erik Martig

Erik approaches composting from the perspective of its end use - to build healthy soil. He has over 6 years of professional experience in the compost industry from the grassroots level to large scale operations. Erik brings community composting knowledge from NYC where he started a compost operation that has grown into a publicly funded operation in the heart of Brooklyn. He has overseen GrowNYC's food scrap collection program and managed a 500 ton per year operation in Queens. He has directly overseen the diversion of over 1.5 million pounds of food scraps. 

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Lynn Fang

Lynn Fang, MS is committed to creating integrated compost farm systems in urban areas, restoring compost as part of an ecologically sustainable and socially just farm ecosystem. She actively teaches, speaks, and consults on soil and compost ecology, and has worked with several different organizations, schools, botanical gardens, and other institutions. She weaves together her master’s work in compost microbiology with her experiences in permaculture, urban ecological farming, and community development. There is nothing like sinking your hands into compost-rich soil and feeling vitalized and rejuvenated by the life in the ground!


Regional Managers

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Elliott kuhn

Elliott was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and today runs an urban farm from his home in Panorama City. His background is in education and sociology. Elliott has been working in the cross section of soil, food, and community since 2010. If he's not turning a compost pile or working with volunteer groups, he can most likely be found in the garden tending to the tasks at hand. 

 

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Kenny Derieg

Kenny has a background in Urban Sustainability within Los Angeles and has helped with the transition of LA’s First Waste Hauler Franchise agreement. He support and maintains community compost hubs within the West Side of LA, and visits schools across the county teaching innovative recycling and composting practices.

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