Nutrient density starts with the soil. Nourish the soil food web by creating fertility from waste.
Composting presents one way—perhaps the most important way—of supporting the web of life. Compost restores structure and nutrients to the soil, increases the ability of plants to absorb minerals, and boosts biodiversity among beneficial bacteria, fungi, and microfauna in the garden.
In the Eastern Shore Food lab, we compost all of our food scraps as part of our commitment to zero waste. We coordinate the efforts of a student-led Compost Team that manages a compost collection area at the campus garden and trains community members in different methods of composting. We’re actively working to increase organics recycling access for all of campus, and promote composting in the region.