Several years ago, my
sister was rafting down the Zambezi (doesn't everyone?) when she came across a
village where - as she put it - the people had forgotten how to grow
food. In spite of being located at the confluence of two sizeable rivers,
the area was more or less barren - all the trees had been cut down for fuel
with resulting erosion and degradation of the soil. The people pulled
ever smaller fish from the river, smoked them and exchanged this valuable
protein source for canned foods which periodically were trucked in from the
These people - and
many like them - need help.
It occurred to me that
teaching them to make compost would enrich the soil, make growing food
possible, improve their lives and eventually help them to be self-sufficient.
trained as a Master Gardener with the Cornell Co-operative Extension and went
to Compost School. I learnt that not only is compost the solution to a whole
slew of environmental problems, but also that there are areas right here in the
United States where learning to make compost could benefit whole communities.
I am on
a mission to improve the earth one compost heap at a time
If that sounds just a
little evangelical, so be it. I can't do it all myself, but I can
"convert" everyone I meet to the philosophy that compost makes sense
at all levels: backyard, community, municipality, state, national and
international. I am convinced that the simple act of returning organic
matter to the soil can save the planet.
You can help by
learning more (about
compost and education)
and by browsing the store.
ALL proceeds go towards supporting my one-woman, completely voluntary mission.
You can contact me,
Elizabeth Whitehouse, at email@example.com or 1-607-936-4732
or you can find me on Facebook: