Like a fly to compost, Canton attracts a different kind of entrepreneur

Written by on January 2, 2013 in Featured, Neighborhood News - No comments

If you live in Canton, this man wants your egg shells. Photo courtesy of Agricity LLC

The Baltimore Guide recently spoke to Jeremy Brosowsky, founder and director of Compost Cab, a Washington, D.C., company that collects residential compost and drops it off at urban farms where it helps enrich soil quality and promote urban agriculture. Compost Cab will debut in Baltimore (Canton, Charles Village) in January of 2013. Other city neighborhoods will follow.

What is Compost Cab’s mission?
Brosowsky: To help consumers reduce their food waste and help urban farms get fertile soil. Community composting is a fundamental part of the sustainability puzzle.

So tell me about the service you provide.
A lot of people want to compost, but only three percent of Americans do. We make it easy for them. We provide a container and instructions and pick up food scraps every week. After you’ve been a subscriber to Compost Cab for a while, you are eligible to receive enriched soil in the fall and the spring—if you want it for your own garden. The volume of soil you receive is equivalent to 10 percent of what you have composted.

Which urban farms in Baltimore will receive the compost?
Right now we are working with the Baltimore Farm Alliance. (The Baltimore Farm Alliance consists of nine urban farms, including Real Food Farm in Clifton Park and urban farms in Hamilton and Belair-Edison.)

How long has Compost Cab been in business?
We’ve been in business in the D.C. and D.C.- Beltway area since 2010. We have about 400 subscribers

Why bring Compost Cab to Baltimore City?
Baltimore City has an extraordinarily vibrant urban agriculture scene. The great thing about Baltimore is that it has an urban agricultural infrastructure already in place.

Why was Canton chosen as one of the first neighborhoods?
It was recommended to us. People said, “You have to come to Canton.”

What can Compost Cab subscribers compost?
All fruit and vegetable scraps (including rinds and cores); bread, cookies, crackers, pasta–pretty much anything made of flour; grains, cooked or uncooked; rice, oats, barley, wheat, coffee grounds, tea bags (no staples), filters, herbs and spices, egg shells (crushed well), nuts and nutshells, soiled paper napkins and paper towels.

What can’t subscribers compost?
Meat, poultry, or fish (including bones, fat, gristle, skin), dairy products (including cheese, butter, yogurt, sour cream), grease, oil, or sauce of any kind.

What is the cost of Compost Cab?
Thirty-two dollars a month or $8 a week. As we build up a base of subscribers we hope to lower the price.

Will Compost Cab be working with Baltimore City government?
We’re always interested in talking with municipalities, and we have spoken with the Mayor’s Office and the DOE.  But no, not at this time.

How can people sign up for Compost Cab?
They can visit www.compostcab.com.

by Danielle Sweeney
dsweeney@baltimoreguide.com

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