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The One-Week-To-Go “Big Boy (or Girl!)” Trailer Kickstarter Stretch Goal

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Our Kickstarter Project is going awesome. We’ve been truly humbled by the amount of support by backers from all across the US (and Canada/Europe too). It’s not over yet though. We’re Dreaming Big!

Behind every Compost Boy (or Girl!) is a Big Person. Usually an awesome Big Person like mom or dad or a friend. These Big People sometimes help with the heavy lifting that comes with bike-powered, community composting.

Pile turning.
Bike hauling.
Bucket lifting.

We may be youth-driven but these Big People are an important part of our bucket slinging operation.

In collaboration with our friends from Gainesville Compost and Kanner Karts, we are setting a stretch goal in our final 7 days to help fund a “Big Boy (or Girl!)” cargo trailer. It will be built to spec in Florida. With a hauling capacity of 350 pounds, this bike trailer is the real deal. It will allow us to scale up our Community Sustained Compost Project to help more of our neighbors reduce their waste by making composting super easy for them.

This Stretch Goal aims to raise another $1200 to cover the cost of the trailer and shipping. We’re almost half way there already so with a little more support we can make this happen.

“With the power of compost (and a Big Boy (or Girl!) Trailer), anything is possible.”

You can back us HERE.

Thank you and Compost On!

The C’sC Team

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Bike-Powered Community Composting : A Kickstarter Project

We believe a community that composts together, grows together.

We also believe in the power of the bicycle. We have proven that bike-powered community composting can work in Traverse City. By using pedal power, we are greening our neighborhood, reducing waste, saving landfill space, and growing amazing garden soil.

Our Kickstarter Project will help us invest in two more bike cargo trailers. These trailers will go to other kids in TC who are slinging buckets in their own neighborhoods. The paperboy disappeared years ago but being a Compost Boy (or Girl!) is a great job for kids today.

Our backers will also be funding the most awesome compost T-shirt in Traverse City history. It has been designed locally by the creative geniuses at Tee See Tee and looks awesome. The T-shirt will be part of our “Traverse City Dirt” campaign which is focused on raising awareness about the awesomeness of growing TC food with TC compost made from TC kitchen scraps.

You can back us here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2070168948/traverse-citys-bike-powered-community-composting

Traverse City is an awesome town. We love our water, our local food and our local farmers. We are a foodie town but hopefully, real soon, we’ll be a compost town too. There’s a lot of value in those banana peels and apple cores and, as you know, you can’t grow awesome veggies without awesome soil.

So let’s be Compost Champions together and make it happen, OK?

Like my friend Gary said, “With the power of compost, anything is possible”.

You can support our KS Project at 6 different levels:

1. Worm Wrangler Level ($10)

A C’sC decal for your bicycle, bike helmet or gasp!….your fossil fueled transport pod. Banana peels rock! +
Hand-written Thank You note +
High Five from Carter

2. Bucket Slinger Level ($25)

A C’sC decal for your bicycle, bike helmet or gasp!….your fossil fueled transport pod. Banana peels rock! +
Hand-written Thank You note +
High Five from Carter +
Your name added to “Our Donors” page

3. Dirt Screener Level ($50)

Hand-written Thank You note from Carter +
Your name added to “Our Donors” page +
Your own “Traverse City Dirt” T-shirt

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4. Pile Builder Level ($100)

Your name added to “Our Donors” page +
Your own “Traverse City Dirt” Tshirt +
Your choice of either a C’sC counter-top compost pail or a 5-gallon bucket of our amazing locally grown neighborhood compost.

5. Pitchfork Power Level ($250) [Corporate Sponsorship]

Your name/business logo included in the quarterly Update From The Pile newsletter +
Your name/business logo addedOur Sponsors” page +
Your business logo sticker on our new bike trailer +
Your own “Traverse City Dirt” T-shirt

6. Compost Champion Level ($500) [Corporate Sponsorship]

Your name/business logo included in the quarterly Update From The Pile newsletter +
Your name/business logo added to “Our Sponsors” page +
Your business logo sticker on our new bike trailer +
Your business logo sticker on 3 of our compost buckets +
Your own awesome “Traverse City Dirt” T-shirt

Thank for your support and helping us make bike-powered, youth-driven, community composting the new normal in Traverse City.

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Traverse City Dirt : The T-Shirt

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So we crushed this crowd-funding thing 😉 Just 15 days in and we’re already fully funded. Thank You to everyone for supporting us and believing in us.

It’s not over yet though. We still have a few more days. Let’s keep it rolling.

In addition to funding 2 new bike-trailers, our Kickstarter Project is raising money for the most awesome community compost T-shirt in Traverse City history. It was designed locally by the creative geniuses at Tee See Tee and looks sweet. The T-shirt will be part of our “Traverse City Dirt” campaign which is focused on raising awareness about the awesomeness of growing TC food with TC compost made from TC kitchen scraps.

You will WANT to wear this T. It will not be a throwaway T. It will be your favorite T! You will wear it with pride to let your neighbors know that you stand for a greener, healthier, more connected Traverse City.

For a $25 donation you will not only be supporting Traverse City’s bike-powered community bucket slingers but you’ll also get your very own TC Dirt T-Shirt plus a hand written Thank You from Carter and your name added to Our Donors page.

You can back us HERE.

Thank You and Compost On!

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2014 Sponsorship Opportunities

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As part of our Bike-Powered Community Composting Kickstarter, we are offering sponsorship opportunities for Traverse City businnesses/organizations who would like to sponsor/underwrite Carter’s Compost.

Last year our sponsors helped us purchase a new cargo bike trailer and mountain bike to pull it with.

This year, we’re raising funds to help us invest in 2 more bike trailers that we’ll loan out to other Compost Boys (or Girls!) in TC like Max or Jack/Izzy. We will also use your sponsorship dollars to “hire” local kids to help out with bucket slinging, dirt screening, worm wrangling, pile turning etc.

Green Neighborhood Jobs for Neighborhood kids = Awesome

2014 sponsorship opportunities are available at 2 levels:

Pitchfork Power Level ($250)

Your name/business logo included in our quarterly “Update From The Pile” +
Your name/business logo added to “Our Sponsors” page +
Your business logo sticker on our new bike trailers +
Your own “Traverse City Dirt” T-shirt

Compost Champion Level ($500)

Your name/business logo included in our quarterly “Update From The Pile” +
Your name/business logo added to “Our Sponsors” page +
Your business logo sticker on our new bike trailers +
Your business logo sticker on 3 of our compost buckets +
Your own “Traverse City Dirt” T-shirt

Thank you for your support in helping us make bike-powered, youth-driven, community composting the new normal in Traverse City.

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Tucson, AZ // A C’sC Family Adventure

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We escaped Michigan’s winter again this March for a month long, car-free adventure to sunny southern Arizona. It’s been awesome! Lots of bike riding. Burrito eating. Desert exploring. Vitamin D soak-upping. Spanish speaking.

The weather has been truly wonderful but our friends here are what make Tucson amazing.

Our Awesome 50 (in no particular order):

1. Reid Park
2. Eckstrom – Columbus Library
3. Mt. Lemmon
4. Edith Ball Aquatic Center
5. Tucson Zoo
6. The Loop
7. Flandrau Planetarium
8. La Salsa
9. Izaac and Izabel
10. Tucson Festival of Books
11. Pima County Library’s Book Bike
12. 4th Ave Street Fair
13. “Magic Buttons”
14. Lineweaver Elementary
15. Steward Observatory Mirror Lab
16. Himmel Park and Library
17. 3rd Street Bike Route
18. Science City at TFOB
19. San Clemente Neighborhood
20. Tucson Raquet Club
21. Tucson Children’s Museum
22. Cross-Country “race” at Reid
23. Armory Park
24. Bean and cheese burritos
25. Food Conspiracy Co-Op
26. Picolo Tag-a-long
27. Happy hour with St. Joe’s Crew
28. Gramma Tenley
29. Pot luck at the Adams’
30. Friends who lend us their bikes
31. Rocks and Ropes
32. Joel Valdez Library
33. The Sonoran desert in bloom
34. Pan dulce
35. Eegee’s
36. Casa Littlefield
37. Rattlesnake Bridge
38. El Grupo
39. Peddler On The Path
40. AZPM
41. Jack and Lucas
42. Zemam’s
43. Aviation Bike Path
44. Basket Bridge
45. Fair Wheel Bikes
46. Scruff – our vacation house dog
47. Devon and Mckinley
48. Rillito Bike Path
49. Poblano Hot Sauce
50. Estrella bakery

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The Story Of Change + Bike-Powered Community Composting

We love The Story of Change. We love everything about it. Flexing our citizens muscle, aiming high, working together and acting boldly.

Big Idea + Teamwork + Action = Real Change

The video got us thinking about Traverse City’s Household Kitchen Scrap Composting Rate and our Community Sustained Compost Project.

We scribbled down this equation:

Bike-Powered Community Composting +
The Awesome People of Traverse City +
Harnessing The Power of the Bicycle To Transport Neighborhood Kitchen Scraps (and other resources*) to a Network of TC Drop-Sites** =

A Greener, Stronger and More Connected Traverse City Which Produces Less Waste, Saves Landfill Space And Grows Lots Of Awesome Garden Soil.

* Think bagged leaves, straw bales, palettes for building compost bins, worms, veggie plants, dirt screeners, wheelbarrows etc.

** Drop-Sites could include our “Sharing” Piles, Community Gardens, Schools, Churches, Neigborhood Compost Stations etc.

We believe that a community that composts together, stays together.

We also believe in the power of the bicycle.

Let’s put the two together and do something awesome, TC.

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Mr. Cockroach: Compost RockStar

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We’re staying close enough to the Reid Park zoo that we can walk and we bought an annual pass so we’ve been going a lot. The zoo is really awesome. The new elephant exhibit is cool as are the monkeys, the lion family and giraffes but what is really neat is the educational building with the cockroachs. They have 100 or so of these big guys in a case highlighting their composting efforts. They are decomposers as well as scavengers. They eat everything and are therefore omnivoires. They’ve been around for 300 million years and seem to have a bad rap but some people keep them as pets. Awesome!

Other decomposers include worms, millipedes, mites, bacteria and fungi. These guys help to break down the compost pile and heat it up. The world would be a pretty trashy place without these important decomposers so high five to Mr. Cockroach, the compost rock star, for being so awesome and for helping to green our beautiful planet Earth.

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Carter’s College of Compostology : What to Feed your Worms

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Worms will eat almost anything. But, like you and I, they have foods that they love and foods that they would rather not. Here’s a list of some of me and my worm’s faves and not-so-faves:

Foods I Really Love:

Veggie Pizza
Pad Thai
Bean and Cheese Burritos
Grilled Cheese Sammiches

Foods My Worms Really Love:

Pumpkin
Banana Peels
Watermelon Rinds
Egg Shells
Cantaloupe Rinds

Foods That I Sort of Like:

My Dad’s Beans & Rice
Salads
Butternut Squash
Kale

Food That My Worms Sort of Like:

Coffee Grounds
Tea Bags
Vegetables Scraps (carrot tops etc)
Fruits Scraps (apple cores etc)

Foods That I’m Not a Big Fan Of:

Zucchini
Green bean casserole
Steamed spinach

Foods That My Worms Aren’t Big Fans Of:

Citrus Peels
Onions
Garlic

Worm Bin No-No’s:

Bones (stinky)
Meat (stinky)
Dairy products (stinky too)
Oils (hard for their skin to breathe)
Salty foods (dries their skin out)
Grass Clippings (makes the bin heat up too much)
Inorganic products (duh!)

Pro Tips:

1.Cut food up into smaller chunks. This decreases the time it will take for the worms to eat their food.

2.Feed your worms a diverse diet and always feed in moderation. Read: Mix it up and Don’t Overfeed them!

3. Worms love to eat tomatoes, but they can’t process the seeds.

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Free Bucket Week!

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We LOVE Compost Awareness Week. As a thank you to our TC neighbors and in collaboration with our Community Partners, Oryana, GT Pie and BioBag, C’sC is offering FREE Buckets from May 5-11.

It’s easy:

1. Email us at carterscompost@gmail.com and we’ll drop a bucket off. If you live outside our pick-up territory, you can come to C’sC World HQ to pick one up.

2. Over the week, fill the bucket with your kitchen scraps. More info HERE on what goes in and what doesn’t.

3. I’ll come and pick-up your kitchen scraps with my bike or you can drop-off.

4. Pat yourself on the back for being a Compost Champion and keeping recycle your kitchen scraps forever and ever.

Why compost? Mostly just because it’s the awesome thing to do but also because, we think, it’s the most environmentally responsible method of recycling there is but also to reduce your waste, save landfill space, and build awesome garden soil to grow yummy vegetables in your neighborhood.

Compost On!

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The Ladies of the Washington Street Hennery

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Meet the Ladies of the Washington Street Hennery.

Sunny the Araucana. Georgia the Barred Rock. Astro the Australorp. And Jenny the Silver-laced Wyandotte.

We got them as one-day old chicks and they’re now almost 4 years old. Pretty much grandmas!

My chickens are a super important part of the C’sC operation. Here’s how they help:

1. They handle the kitchen scraps by eating leftover veggies, dairy, and grains.

2. They work hard in the Carter’s Compost Urban Farm by eating bad bugs and cultivating the soil with their scratching.

3. Their poop is an part of our compost recipe. Really!

4. They give me nutritious and delicious eggs so that I have lots of energy to bike Traverse City around and pick-up the buckets.

Our hens rock! Carter’s Compost would be way less awesome without them. Thanks, girls!