The Baltimore Compost Collective is a local service that collects food scraps from residences in the Curtis Bay, Federal Hill, Riverside Park, and Locust Point neighborhoods and composts the material at the Filbert Street Community Garden in Curtis Bay. It is also a youth entrepreneurship program that employs local teenagers and trains them in workforce skills, food access programming and community-scale composting. Youth workers are gaining guided, hands-on experience managing a small-scale composting operation and its expansion. The compost they create is being used by the Filbert Street Community Garden to grow fresh produce.
This project is facilitated by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), United Workers, and the Filbert Street Community Garden with generous support from the South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, the Abell Foundation, the Robert F. Schumann Foundation, the 11th Hour Project, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, and the T. Rowe Price Foundation. The enterprise was inspired by the BK ROT model in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. Thanks to A Few Cool Hardware Stores for their generous ongoing donations of equipment and supplies.
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