With support from SoCalGas, two community compost hubs were built for the Table to Farm Composting for Clean Air Project. The hubs are located at Environmental Charter Middle Schools in Inglewood (ECMS-I) and Gardena (ECMS-G). Together with ECMS, middle school students, and Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI), we are working with restaurants in Inglewood and Gardena to compost pre-consumer food scraps. Table to Farm Composting closes the loop by amending soil at ECMS campuses and Los Angeles area farms and gardens, some of which provide fruits and vegetables to SJLI’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). In doing so, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both landfills and transportation associated with hauling waste and delivering non-local produce. Simultaneously, the application of compost builds healthy soils, increases water-holding capacity, and enhances soil carbon sequestration as well as the ability of plants to sequester carbon from the atmosphere.
Currently, there are four businesses in Table to Farm: Bionicos J&B, Yo Way Sandwich Shop, Mango Tango Juice Bar and Grill and Feed Good Salsa. If you are a food service establishment interested in composting food waste, contact Kimberly Riley through our volunteer page to find out how!
TBF’s Victoria Gambale with Christina Perez, Food Production Manager for SJLI, and 8th graders from ECMS-I working hard to build the first composting hub for Inglewood restaurants.
TBF with Green Ambassador Brandon Hammerli and his 6th graders next to the composting bins at ECMS-G (completed in just two days with the help of 180 middle school students).
Composting is a tool for water conservation and stormwater pollution control. Adding compost to soil increases the amount of water soil can hold and helps filter pollutants from stormwater.