Welcome to BioBag’s Community Heroes series! Each month, we will highlight community heroes that are making a difference in their communities and working to make their local environments cleaner and healthier.
This month, we are taking a look at New Earth Farm!
New Earth Farm is a composting service in the St. Louis Metro Area that offers residential, workplace, event, commercial, and drop-off composting services. Owner John Cline and his family are striving to make their contribution to their St. Louis home by turning food waste into nutrient-rich soil to help care for the environment and grow more food. We spoke to John about his organization, which you can learn more about in the interview below.
What led you to start your composting operation?
Cline: After working as a chaplain in the city of St. Louis for 7 years, I was pretty burnt out on all the suffering. We were inspired by friends doing community composting and urban farming. We wanted to work together as a family with our own business.
Who do you serve, and how can people get in touch with you if they want to start composting?
Cline: We serve the general St. Louis metro area. Folks interested in our services can learn more about us at www.compoststl.com.
How much organic material do you typically take in on a weekly basis?
Cline: We take in about 1,500 lbs a week.
Please give us one fun fact about you or your business.
Cline: We really enjoy seeing folks sign up who are a bit skeptical and then watching them get super excited about seeing food waste as a resource.
Feel free to add any additional information about your operation as you see fit.
Cline: We really appreciate both the Institute for Local Self Reliance Composters Group and the USCC and how they have been great resources and even better relationships.
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