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the project

Support community-based composters and their participation in the 5th National Cultivating Community Composting (CCC) Forum and Workshop in Atlanta!  This event is the only national event bringing together community-scale composters from coast to coast to network, share best practices, and build support for community-scale composting systems and enterprises.  It is being held January 22-23, 2018, in conjunction with the US Composting Council’s International Conference and Trade Show, COMPOST2018.

Contributions will go into our scholarship fund to help us bring dozens of community composters to the event who normally could not attend due to the expense of travel – especially composters from underserved areas. With your help we can cover their travel, registration, and workshop costs!

All donations are tax deductible. 

the steps

  • Community composters apply for a scholarship (deadline was October 17th)
  • ILSR notifies recipients (33 have already been selected; goal is 40!)
  • As funds are received, ILSR offers scholarships to individuals on the waitlist
  • With additional funds, a larger share of travel and lodging expenses will be covered
  • Scholarship recipients register for the conference and make travel arrangements
  • Community composters attend the conference to learn from and network with others from around the country
  • Community composters bring back valuable information on how to enrich their local soil and community!

why we're doing it

Community composters encompass small enterprises, universities, pedal-powered collectors, worker-owned cooperatives, community gardens and farms.

In order to thrive, they need to connect and learn from one another. Key issues the 5th National Cultivating Community Composting (CCC) Forum and Workshop will cover include financing, business models, logistics, best management practices, regs and permits, equipment, volunteer management, training, and communications and outreach.

As many community composters are nonprofit or small for-profit entities, attending a large conference is often impossible. With your help, scholarship recipients have the opportunity to learn practices that will improve their enterprises, while helping to elevate community composting to a national stage.

Help us get the following community composters to the event!

Apple Rabbit Compost — Jacksonville, FL
Atlas Organics — Roebuck, SC
Bennett Compost & The Compost Coop — Philadelphia
BK ROT — Brooklyn, NY
Bootstrap Compost — Boston
Common Compost — Oakland, CA
Common Ground Compost — New York City
Community Compost Company & Hudson Soil Company — New Paltz, NY
Compost+Company — New York City
CompostNow — Raleigh, NC
Compostwheels — Atlanta
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County — Tompkins County, NY
Crown Town Compost — Charlotte, NC
East Capitol Urban Farm / University of the District of Columbia — Washington, D.C.
Eco-city Farms — Prince George’s County, Maryland
Fertile Ground — Oklahoma City
FoodPLUS Detroit — Detroit
GRAS (Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento) — Sacramento
Greenbelt Zero Waste Circle — Greenbelt, MD
Grow Eat Repeat — Savannah, GA
Institute for Local Self-Reliance — Washington, D.C.
Java’s Compost — South Orange, NJ
Key City Compost — Frederick, MD
L.A. Compost — Los Angeles
Let Us Compost — Athens, GA
Loop Closing — Washington, D.C.
MIFFS Women in Ag Farm Development Center — Flint, MI
NYC Compost Project hosted by Lower East Side Ecology Center — New York City
OffBeet Compost — Greater Lowell, MA
Peels and Wheels Composting LLC — New Haven, CT
Roots Compost LLC — Lawrence, MA
Rust Belt Riders — Cleveland
Scraps — Denver
Soilful City — Washington, D.C.
Suncoast Compost — Riverview, FL
Sunshine Community Compost — Brandenton, FL
Sustainable Community Farms — Detroit
The Composting Network — New Orleans
Think Green Inc. —Atlanta
Tilthy Rich — Durham, NC
Urban Food Loop — Little Rock, Arkansas


Scholarships of each to cover 3-day workshop, airfare, and hotel accommodations

SUBTOTAL = 8,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $240

Updated Budget (1.5.17)

SUBTOTAL = 2,500
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $75

Disbursed Budget:

Cover the cost of hotel stays during the conference for four additional community composters.

RAISED = $860.00
less ioby Platform Fee  waived
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $25.05



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