Compost and Community Building

Expanding the compost footprint at Winnipeg's Crescent Fort Rouge United

Blog Post by Maureen Peniuk 

“I am a member of the Green Team at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. I am also a big fan of two-bin compost systems – where compost is added to one bin while the other is left to mature.

In 2010 we installed a four foot by four foot bin (made from old fence pieces from a neighbour who was building a new fence and discarding the old one) with a division down the centre, thinking a two foot by four foot area would be sufficient for the amount of compost we would collect.

Little did we know how successful our program would be! Just two years later we doubled the size of our compost operation. More recently we added commercial compost bins to give the area a neater appearance. The contents of these smaller bins are transferred to the larger compartments.

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We harvest our mature compost each fall (the compost is used in the church’s adjacent Memory Garden) and every year we are producing more compost. This is thanks to the dedication of church members who live in apartments and bring their compost on a weekly basis.

We have also noticed folks in the community who do not attend the church bringing in their compost. We feel great to be providing this community compost opportunity and are already considering how we will respond to a need for even more compost capacity. Check out an excerpt from the Church Newsletter. (pictures here)

NOTE: At this point, Faithful Footprint grants are limited to building and energy efficiency projects, and are not available for waste-reduction efforts such as this. But these projects are great, and should be celebrated. Way to go Crescent Fort Rouge!