With support from SoCalGas, three community compost hubs were built for the Table to Farm Composting for Clean Air Project. The hubs are located at three Environmental Charter School (ECS) campuses: ECS-Inglewood, ECS-Gardena, and ECS-Lawndale. Together with ECS teachers, staff, and middle and high school students, we are working with restaurants to compost pre-consumer food scraps. By composting, we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. Food that decomposes in a landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide. By composting locally, we are also reducing transportation associated with hauling waste to faraway waste management facilities which reduces smog-forming air pollutants and carbon dioxide emissions. Simultaneously, the application of compost builds healthy soils, increases water-holding capacity, and enhances soil carbon sequestration.
To date, over 10,000 pounds of food waste has been diverted and composted at ECS campuses. Currently, there are five businesses participating in Table to Farm Composting:
- Bionicos J&B
- Crepe Heaven Play Cafe
- Mango Tango Juice Bar and Grill
- Pacific Rim Thai Kitchen
- Yo Way Sandwich Shop
If you are a food service establishment interested in composting food waste, contact Kimberly Riley through our volunteer page to find out how!
Learn more about why composting makes a difference and how Table to Farm works, view this clickable postcard.
Table to Farm Composting closes the loop by amending soil at ECS campuses with the compost generated and as of spring 2020, adjacent community gardens thanks to funding from the EPA and SoCalGas. Working with ECS students and the surrounding community, five garden beds will be established in Inglewood. Throughout this process, experiential learning around food production, air pollution, gardening, food equity, and carbon sequestration will be ignited.
If you are interested in getting involved in the gardening process (no experience necessary!) contact Kimberly Riley through our volunteer page.