All About Composting!
The Pedal Coop’s uses locally-produced, sustainably-collected compost to grow food.
We pick up food waste from residents and businesses and deliver the material to partnering community gardens in Philadelphia. Properly maintained piles will turn to nutrient rich soil in just a few months (in the warm weather). This home/community grown soil enables urban farmers to grow food in the City without fear of soil contamination.
A quarter of Philadelphians are at risk of hunger, yet responding to the hunger epidemic is complicated by Philadelphia’s well-documented problem of high lead levels in the soil. Lead contamination makes growing food directly in the soil unadvisable due to the health concerns connected to lead. Free deliveries of compost to community gardens respond simply, yet directly, to issues of food inaccess.
|pine needles||corncobs||egg shells|
|black&white newspaper||cornmeal||watermelon rinds|
|woodchips||old potting soil||banana peels|
|leaves||peanut shells||beer mash|
|sawdust||stale bread||fruits and vegetables|
|straw and hay||hair||coffee grounds|
|flowers & grass clippings|
|treated wood||bones||grease, fat, oil|
|kitty litter||pet feces||human waste|
|inorganic waste||colored newsprint or paper||plywood|