We face multiple global challenges on a daily basis, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless in the face of so much that needs to be done. For people concerned about the climate crisis, one small, effective, and powerful step is as close as your kitchen. Composting is one of the best ways to combat climate change.

After years of maintaining a not very effective compost set-up of my own, this March I decided to subscribe to Black Earth Compost (they recently bought a Falmouth-based composting service called Compost With Me!). I decided to use a composting service rather than do my own in part because the range of what I’m able to compost is much greater; Black Earth takes many items that would not go in my backyard bin: bones, meat, dairy, etc. And then there are the things that people sometimes do put in their backyard compost bin but that take forever to breakdown: eggshells, citrus rinds, and so forth.

As a subscriber to Black Earth Compost, I receive a free bag of beautiful compost, and the peace of mind knowing that much less is going into the landfill. My kitchen scraps are being used to nourish the earth! Black Earth provides a convenient bin and bags and pick curbside pickup weekly (or less often if you choose, and you can pause pickups when away from home). As an organization, Black Earth gives to communities through free education, donations, and free events/services to nonprofits in need.

Even if you choose not to subscribe to Black Earth Compost (blackearthcompost.com), if you love our planet, do consider composting.

Heidi Stahl

Woodland Trail


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