project leader
Linda B
location
1317 Filbert St
(Curtis Bay)
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the project

The Baltimore Compost Collective is a youth entrepreneurship program that trains participants in workforce skills, food access programming, and community-scale composting in the Curtis Bay neighborhood of Baltimore. It provides first-time employment and life skills mentorship for area youth, giving them experience working with a green start-up enterprise that they learn to run.

Youth employees collect hundreds of pounds of food scraps each week from local customers. They convert this material into compost for use at the Filbert Street Community Garden. Food and food waste are something tangible everyone touches everyday. This project is introducing youth to the wonder of compost to enhance soil fertility, grow local food, sequester carbon, and provide an alternative to the city’s polluting and expensive trash incinerator.

the steps

  • Raise needed funds

  • Purchase a safe, reliable, used (new-to-us) new or new-to-us (used) vehicle that the Baltimore Compost Collective field team can use to pick up food scraps from customers

  • Add more customers in the Curtis Bay, Federal Hill, Riverside Park and Locust Point neighborhoods

  • Explore expanding service to other neighborhoods in Baltimore

  • Serve more customers, employ more youth, collect more food scraps, make more compost!

why we're doing it

The Baltimore Compost Collective is bringing jobs, income, and skills to a historically disenfranchised neighborhood in Baltimore. Curtis Bay is one of the most polluted zip codes in the country. A long industrial history has left it with a legacy of environmental contamination and associated health impacts. This reality, coupled with high unemployment, high levels of family poverty, and a general lack of basic infrastructure has created a situation where residents lack both economic opportunity and access to fresh food.

According to the USDA, in the U.S., 30-40 percent of the food supply ends up as waste, corresponding to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010. It is the single largest component of our everyday trash. In Baltimore, wasted food is incinerated along with other trash, contributing not just to carbon emissions but toxic pollutants such as dioxin and mercury as well. The Baltimore Compost Collective is providing a positive alternative that transforms food waste into something valuable.

Launched in 2017, The Baltimore Compost Collective is jointly run by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and United Workers, in partnership with Filbert Street Community Garden. Marvin Hayes, the Baltimore Compost Collective program manager and United Workers employee, supervises and trains the youth workers. Marvin is a longtime community and youth recreation activist from Sandtown-Winchester with more than 20 years of experience working with Baltimore youth. As he says, "We don’t just save food, we save youth."

A reliable vehicle is crucial to the Baltimore Compost Collective transition to a sustainable business model that can serve more customers, divert more waste and reach more youth. By supporting this campaign, you'll be helping us secure a new-to-us vehicle with all the associated costs (insurance, registration, maintenance, etc.). Thank you for your consideration!

 

budget

Cost of decent used new or new-to-us (used) vehicle: $20,000

PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $20,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $620
TOTAL TO RAISE = $20,655

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donors

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Meg Barry
  • Anonymous
  • Peg McC