The Compost for Good (CfG) team has announced they are seeking farmers, haulers, composters, retailers, landscapers, grocery stores, manufacturers, restaurants, etc. in St Lawrence, Franklin, Essex and Clinton Counties to discuss their organics recycling goals and dreams.
Municipalities or non-profit organizations interested in supporting businesses in your areas, or businesses who are trying to navigate the Food Donation and Food Scrap Recycling Law, are encouraged to contact CfG as well.
CfG received a grant through the USDA’s Rural Business and Development Grant (RBDG) program last fall to offer technical assistance through case studies, grant writing, business plans, regulatory assistance, site management, and intro to composting basics with the goal of increasing community resilience through job opportunities relating to organics recycling that are expected to have lasting beneficial impacts.
With the launch of the 2022 Food Donation and Food Scraps Recycling Law, which obligates generators of a certain quantity of food scraps per week to divert these scraps away from landfills, CfG believes there are many entrepreneurial opportunities that can meet this growing demand.
While the program seeks to support all organics related businesses, the grant will pay for the local manufacture of one in-vessel drum composting unit. CfG has developed an open source design of a 20’ x 4’ rotating composter with four in operation currently in New York, one in New Jersey, and several in the process of being constructed around the world. Variations of the system are being operated at Little FarmHouse Flowers in Jay, NY and a similar model has been constructed and is being operated in Redford, NY.
The CfG team welcomes any and all inquiries, including from those outside the grant geography. For more information, contact John Culpepper at firstname.lastname@example.org; or (518) 354-1455.
AdkAction is a member-supported nonprofit organization whose mission is to create projects that address unmet needs, promote vibrant communities, and preserve the natural beauty of the Adirondacks for all. Learn more at AdkAction.org
Photo of community composter designed by Compost for Good, installation at the Wild Center Museum in Tupper Lake provided.