January 2016 Update
Thanks to Nancy Klehm for getting us the original link!
The complete text of the city ordinance can also be found here on the CCGA web site.
Compost is the black gold of the organic gardening world. Compost improves soil quality by adding more phosphorus, carbon and nitrogen compounds. These minerals help soil retain moisture, make nutrients more accessible to plant roots and therefore making your plants more productive.
CCCG Compost Tips
- Create a compost management team like the Howard Area Garden
- Organize composting trainings and events for the garden team and community alike like Greenhouse Garden
- Create signage to reinforce best composting practices like Brickyard Garden
- Add composting best management practices into the garden’s bylaws like the North Lawndale Green Committee
- Review the Chicago Composting Ordinance
Composting DIY Projects
- The best DIY tumbler instructional video around. Well designed and simple instructions.
- Compost Junky provides instructions for a low-tech DIY version constructed from an old trashcan.
- Brickyard Garden and Growing Station have great examples of DIY tumblers.
- The Chicago Home Composting Program is a tried and true resource for DIY compost bin construction.
- Mr. Brown Thumb offers four DIY compost bin options that can be built in one day.
Chicago Composting Resources
- The Chicago Compost Guide is a great way to get started
- Learn from Master Composters at the Garfield Park Conservatory
- Connect with advocates at the Chicago Recycling Coalition
- Explore vermicomposting with Urban Worm Girl, Chicago Conservation Corps, Green Tech University and WeFarm
- Use the compost calculator to ensure you are adding a sufficient amount of compost annually
- The Rebuilding Exchange has a garden section featuring materials to help you build your own compost bin and other garden features
- Learn more about large scale local composting operations at Midwest Organics Recycling or Land and Lakes