How One Congregation Maintains its Impressive Composting Program

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How One Congregation Maintains its Impressive Composting Program

In a northern suburb of Chicago, on a small tract of formerly unused land situated between a commuter train track and bicycle path, an all-volunteer group is doing some amazing work. Each year, the Glencoe Community Garden grows approximate 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of organic vegetables, all to be donated to food pantries and other non-profit agencies in the Chicago area. The Garden began with a grant from Congregation Am Shalom in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

I had a simmering interest in compost, with semi-success using a small tumbler in our backyard. I heard about the Glencoe Community Garden and met Nina Schroeder, one of the founders of the Garden to learn more about their program. We met at their neatly crafted, three-bin compost system. All empty. With their focus on building the Garden’s infrastructure, acquiring farming knowledge and growing and distributing food, the three compost bins went unused. It is hard to believe, but even for the amazing, dedicated individuals running the Garden, there’s a limit. While there was no one to teach me, I got an incredible opportunity to learn while doing: take the compost program and run with it.

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Published: 5/24/2016

Categories: Social Justice & Advocacy
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