March 19, 2022

Compost Fest

Come do something rotten for the Earth!

Composting is dirty work, but it’s one of our most powerful tools for a brighter future. Diverting organic waste to compost impacts climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions at landfills, promoting plant growth which pulls carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and building healthy soil to make farms and gardens more resilient to weather extremes.

Join us for a day-long extravaganza of composting work, education and fun.

9:00am-12:00pm WORKDAY

In cooperation with Missouri Organic Recycling, we’ll be building a large composting system for Westport Commons Farm. This portion of the day may be loud and dusty and will involve some heavy machinery. We’ll also be working on a smaller community composting area. Feel free to come watch, from a short distance, and learn about what we’re doing.

1:00-3:30pm THE FUN BEGINS

  • 1:30-3:30pm – Stan Slaughter of Missouri Organic Recycling will be leading the build of a backyard scale compost bin; he can also answer the home composting questions we know you have. Farmer Daniel Robinson of Cultivate KC will be available to explain the work we accomplished during the morning work day and to give short tours of the farm.
  • 1:15pm-1:45pmEco Elvis will “edutain” kids (of all ages!) about how to take care of ourselves, each other and Planet Earth. He’ll get us dancin’, singin’, and all shook up!
  • 1:45-2:15pm – worms, Worms, WORMS. Farmer Dan Krull will be talking about Red Wiggler vermicomposting.
  • 2:15-2:45pm – What the heck’s a BIOREACTOR?! Compost legend Marty Kraft joins us with an on-site demonstration and explanation of a Johnson Su composting system.
  • 2:45-3:15pm – Farmer Dan Krull demonstrates Black Soldier Fly larvae vermicomposting. Don’t worry! Maggots are cool.

THANK YOU very mulch to our partners in GRIME:

Stan Slaughter, Missouri Organic Recycling

Matt Riggs, Mid-America Regional Council

Marty Kraft, Heartland All Species Project

Dan Krull, Biological Services & Regenerative Agriculture Design Consultant

Mark Kalin, Kalin Custom Homes, Inc.