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 the environmental and social impacts of greenhouse gas emissions derived 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 processing facilities which reduce smog-forming air pollutants and carbon dioxide emissions. Simultaneously, the application of compost builds healthy soils, increases water retention, and enhances soil carbon sequestration.
To date, over 10,000 pounds of food waste has been diverted and composted at ECS campuses from the five businesses participating in Table to Farm:
- Bionicos J&B
- Crepe Heaven Play Cafe
- Mango Tango Juice Bar and Grill
- Pacific Rim Thai Kitchen
- Yo Way Sandwich Shop
If your foodservice establishment is interested in participating in our composting program, contact us through our volunteer page to find out how!
Our first priority is the safety of our community members. Due to COVID-19, composting is currently on hold. No food scraps are being accepted for the time being.
Learn more about why composting makes a difference and how Table to Farm works, view this clickable postcard.
Thanks to funding from the EPA and SoCalGas, in fall 2020 we worked with Jose-Guadalupe Gutierrez, a landscape designer and ECS alumnus, to construct five community garden beds alongside ECS-Inglewood. This community garden is located just outside of the ECS-Inglewood campus and is available to all community members! Stay tuned for updates.
If you are interested in getting involved in the gardening process (no experience necessary!) contact us through our volunteer page.