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Baltimore City pilot program turns food scraps into compost

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With the right mix of water, air, nitrogen, and carbon, food scraps can turn into nutrient-rich spread for your garden. Credit: MPCA Photos/Flickr

Food‌ ‌waste‌ ‌rotting‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌landfill‌ ‌has‌ ‌no‌ ‌future.‌ ‌As‌ ‌compost,‌ ‌old‌ scraps‌ ‌morph‌ ‌into‌ ‌a‌ ‌nutrient-dense‌ ‌spread‌ ‌for‌ ‌your‌ ‌garden.‌ ‌

‌We‌ ‌hear‌ ‌from‌ ‌‌Kristyn‌ ‌Oldendorf‌‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Baltimore‌ ‌City‌ ‌ Department‌ ‌of‌ ‌Public‌ ‌Works‌ ‌about‌ ‌a‌ ‌pilot‌ ‌program‌ ‌to‌ ‌collect‌ ‌food‌ ‌waste‌ ‌at‌ ‌drop-off‌ ‌stations.‌ ‌‌

And‌ ‌‌Marvin‌ ‌Hayes‌,‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Baltimore‌ ‌Compost‌ ‌Collective,‌ ‌gives‌ ‌us‌ ‌a‌ ‌how-to‌ ‌on‌ ‌backyard‌ ‌composting,‌ ‌including‌ ‌making‌ ‌sure‌ ‌your‌ ‌mixture‌ ‌is‌ ‌moist. Check out youth entrepreneur @kenny.captures on Instagram.

Links:
Baltimore GROW Center compost workshops
Baltimore City Food Scrap Drop-off
UMD Extension Compost Guide

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