Food Waste Composting

Compost pile

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. It also meets all the requirements of sustainability: economy, low input, and nutrient recycling. This program is a 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. This is 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 below constructed by students.