Our Hubs BY LA Compost
Project: Our Hubs is a project to document and analyze existing successful models of community driven compost hubs in order to provide other communities the necessary knowledge, support and network to successfully build and sustain their own models.
Our goals are to:
- Enable communities to build their own sustainable composting hubs.
- Provide an easily accessible platform to connect, build, maintain and grow the community.
- To design tools and methodology communities can use to find their own solutions to overcome roadblocks they face.
Who is LA Compost?
LA Compost is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization specializing in creating communities by helping them build sustainable composting hubs. We want to build new compost hubs that invest in food and people. We do this by creating compost. We literally give life to people when we distribute compost and teach them how to grow their own food. We work to create life-giving experiences when we create a space where people can coexist and think of their surrounding community. By strengthening our current compost hubs and building 10 more in new communities across Los Angeles, we will continue to decrease the amount of food waste that is sent to landfills and increase the amount of quality compost that we can distribute to local communities throughout Los Angeles.(For more info, visit www.lacompost.org.)
CURRENT OPERATION GROWTH
LA Compost started as a food waste diversion program which piloted its first community hub in 2013. Within 3 years, the number of hubs grew to eight despite having limited resources, community volunteers and partners. The success of LA Compost proves that most communities, even when faced with very little resources, can still build and maintain a composting hub to divert food resources, produce compost and create a sustainable resource within the community itself, provided they have a firm organizational structure and support from the community. (Come and visit our hubs.)
We’ll be conducting initial research to systematically organize data about the structures of composting hubs and compile it into a central database. Our plan is to create a program we can prototype to test on new or existing community hubs and will be able to implement based on real data collected from community members as well as the metric data collected on the diversion rate of organic waste(input source) to final compost(outcome).
If you would like to share ideas and get involved in the Our Hubs project, don’t hesitate to contact Eli Y. Park directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.