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Compost for Good Launches Innovative Education and Outreach Campaigns to Promote Food Waste Reduction in the North Country

Laura Cook, Malone Compost Liaison

Compost for Good, in partnership with Clarkson University, AdkAction and the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), is excited to announce the launch of its new series of education and outreach campaigns. The goal of the campaigns is to enhance community engagement and knowledge about food waste reduction and community scale composting practices. Through the active involvement of four dedicated Compost Liaisons, this initiative aims to empower local residents and businesses to adopt more closed loop waste management practices in and around four North Country communities: Canton, Potsdam, Malone, and Lake Placid.

As part of the campaign, Compost Liaisons Cory Vinyard (Potsdam), Lauren Prentice (Canton), Tammy Morgan (Lake Placid) and Laura Cook (Malone) will be conducting a variety of activities including presentations, one-on-one consultations, tabling events, and media interviews. These efforts are tailored to increase awareness and provide practical solutions in food waste management

Cory Vinyard, Potsdam Compost Liaison

and compost generation within the community. The project is supported by a Rural Business Development Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

“Our goal is to not only educate the community about the environmental benefits of composting but also to explore and support the economic opportunities it creates,” said Jennifer Perry of Compost for Good. “We believe that by engaging directly with individuals and local businesses, we can make a substantial impact in reducing food waste and enhancing soil health in our region.”

In addition to educational outreach, the campaign will focus on promoting local food scrap hauling businesses and other food waste reduction initiatives in the region, including North Country Compost in the Canton area; Blue Line Compost in the Tri Lakes area; Whitten Family Farm in the Potsdam/Massena area; Placid Earth residential composting in Lake Placid; Cook Family Farm in the Malone area; and River Valley Regeneratives serving the Plattsburgh and Wilmington areas. By highlighting and supporting these businesses, Compost for Good aims to foster a network of community scale practices that benefit both the local economy and the environment.

Tammy Morgan, North Elba and Wilmington Compost Liaison

“Although the practice of composting can be an easy way to keep food waste out of landfills and reduce our carbon footprint, many people don’t know how composting works, or why it matters,” said Sawyer Bailey, Executive Director of AdkAction. “Compost for Good is thoughtfully spreading the word across the Adirondacks, while building viability for these small, local businesses. AdkAction is proud to support this work with ANCA at our side.”

Community members and local businesses are invited to participate in upcoming events and learn more about how they can contribute to making the North Country a leader in community-scale solutions for global challenges. Please contact Organics Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Perry at [email protected] to learn more or to be connected to the compost liaison in your community. 

About Compost for Good: CfG is a group of individuals who are committed to “Reimagining Waste.”  Our vision is a world in which humans positively impact the Earth and its communities by valuing organic waste as a resource. Our mission is to support communities to adopt economically viable and ecologically resilient composting systems and processes through education, outreach, technical support, peer to peer connections, and research. In Fall 2022, Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and AdkAction joined forces to expand funding and support for Compost for Good. 

Top Photo: Lauren Prentice, Canton Compost Liaison

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