Agriculture & Natural Resources Program

Food Waste Composting

For successful organic management, the horticulture enterprise requires a reliable source of organic fertilizer. Begun in 1998, the Berea College composting program is the creative solution to address this need while simultaneously meeting all the requirements of sustainability: economy, low input, and nutrient recycling. In this partnership between the College Food Service and the Gardens and Greenhouse, horticulture students collect buckets of food waste from the cafeteria and layer the contents with carbon-rich materials, a process of passive composting which yields usable soil conditioner and potting medium in several months. To see the process in detail, watch the video documentary constructed by students.

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