Join Cultivate KC, local farmers, composting experts and Eco Elvis at Compost Fest for a day-long extravaganza of composting work, fun and education.

The day begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 19 at the Westport Commons Farm, 300 E. 39th St., Kansas City, MO. Volunteers will work until noon helping Missouri Organic Recycling build a large composting system for the farm. Visitors are invited to help with a smaller community composting area, or just watch and learn about building a compost area.

Diverting organic waste to compost impacts climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions at landfills, promoting plant growth, which pulls carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and building healthy soil to make farms and gardens more resilient to weather extremes.

The fun begins in the afternoon and includes several events:

  • 1 – 3:30 p.m. – Stan Slaughter of Missouri Organic Recycling will be leading the building of a backyard scale compost bin and answering home composting questions. Farmer Daniel Robinson of Cultivate KC will be available to explain the composting projects and give short tours of the farm.
  • 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Eco Elvis (aka Matt Riggs with Mid-America Regional Council) will “edutain” kids of all ages about how to take care of each other and Planet Earth. He’ll get everyone “dancin’, singin’ and all shook up!”
  • 1:45-2:15 p.m. – Farmer Dan Krull, a biological services and regenerative agriculture design consultant, will be talking about worms and red wiggler vermicomposting.
  • 2:15-2:45 p.m. – Marty Kraft, founder of Heartland All Species Project and compost guru, will give an on-site demonstration and explanation of the Johnson Su bioreactor composting system.
  • 2:45-3:15 p.m. – Krull will demonstrate Black Soldier Fly larvae vermicomposting.

For more information, visit Cultivate KC.

Photo: Andy Maguire / CC