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Compost Screening Party @ Oryana

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Join us at Oryana, Saturday, May 16 from noon – 4pm for a community compost screening party.

Compost parties are the best parties and this one is going to be happening right in the middle of Oryana’s Earth Day North festivities so it’s going to be extra special fun.

Here’s The Scoop:

1. Bring some garden gloves at meet us at Oryana’s Neighborhood Compost Station anytime between 12-4.

2. Use our sifters to screen some finished compost. This isn’t just any regular compost, though. This is 100% awesome, neighborhood compost grown with love using neighborhood kitchen scraps and neighborhood leaves. It’s truly Traverse City Dirt. And your plants will LOVE it.

3. Put the screened compost into one of our buckets.

4. Take the compost home and use it in your garden. Use it to grow food to “Complete The Cycle”. This makes us happy.

5. Return our bucket to the Compost Station the next time you shop at Oryana.

6. Send us a photo of your garden when it’s in full swing to show off you neighborhood food grown with neighborhood compost. This will also make us happy.

7. Give yourself a pat on the back for supporting bike-powered community composting and helping to green Traverse City one bucket at a time.

Compost On!

More info on Oryana’s Earth Day North:

Oryana is hosting a fun afternoon for the whole family. Join us as we celebrate Earth Day with an extravaganza of demonstrations and presentations by our green-minded community partners, a variety of local vendors, and non-profit organizations. Make a day of it and participate in the North Lake Adventure. Have your passport stamped at Oryana or simply stop by the TART trailhead and join in the fun.

Enjoy specials in Oryana’s Lake St. Café, a local food truck Pigs Eating Ribs, and free iced tea and water at the trailhead.

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A Compost-errific Traverse City

 Spring has come early to Northern Michigan and we are so so so excited to ride bikes, sling buckets and get our hands dirty again.

This will be our 4th season (Whaa!?! How is that possible?) of bike-powered community composting and, as always, we’re Dreaming Big.

C’sC goals for 2015:

1. Help make Traverse City the most compost-errific town in Michigan The Universe.
2. Help more (lots more!) youth start bike-powered bucket slinging operations in their Traverse City neighborhoods.
3. Help build 100 community/”sharing” compost piles in Traverse City.
4. Ride bikes. A lot.
5. Create a compost-y Map.

“TC as the most compost-errific town in The Universe sounds awesome. How can I help?”, you ask?

Well…

1. Become a Compost Champion HERE and commit to recycling your kitchen scraps. Grow Traverse City Dirt not Traverse City landfills.

2. Support your neighborhood Compost Boy or Girl. Like Amelia. Or Max. Or Noah and Elise. Or Jack. Or Katie. Or William. Or our newest SlabTown and Boardman bucket slingers, Kyan and Moses. They make composting super easy. Plus they’re awesome. Sign up HERE for weekly bike-powered pick-ups for just $10/month.

3. Share your pile. Because compost pile sharing is the best kind of sharing and a Traverse City that composts together, stays together. We’re at 19 sharing piles. Only 81 to go.

More info on the power of pile sharing and how it works HERE.

4. Ride bikes with us sometime. Our sister project, Norte!, has grown up into a legit nonprofit advocacy organization. They are dedicated to building a more bike-friendly Traverse City by inspiring youth through bicycles. Norte! has lots of cool things happening. Check’em out HERE.

5. We’re also creating a map. An awesome map, actually. A map to help connect experienced/knowledgeable TC composters with our neighborhood bucket slingers and other TC neighbors who might not have the space or know-how to compost. All you have to do it is share it with at least on neighbor. Sound awesome? Sign-up to share your pile HERE and help us grow our map.

Click the map to check it out in more detail:

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Thanks for helping us to green Traverse City one bucket at a time by supporting bike-powered community composting.

We’ll see you around the ‘hood this spring and, please, Compost On!

Carter and 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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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.