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Traditional composting is not the only method of managing food waste. Join the USCC Young Professionals Group to learn about three exciting alternatives to producing the black gold we all love. Each method will be presented by an industry leader who has first hand experience with Bokashi, Vermicomposting, and Black Soldier Flies.
Josh Halsey, Program Coordinator Peconic Land Trust
The Peconic Land Trust works to conserve Long Island’s working farms, natural lands, and heritage for our communities now and in the future.
Bokashi composting is an anaerobic process that relies on inoculated bran to ferment kitchen waste, including meat and dairy, into a safe soil amendment.
Steve Churchill, Founder and owner of the Urban Worm Company
Steve Churchill is the owner of the Urban Worm Company, a vermicomposting-related blog, online store, and manufacturer of the Urban Worm Bag. Through the Urban Worm blog, social media, and e-mail interactions with his readers, Steve is a joyful promoter of vermicomposting as a means to turn household and commercial waste into a highly-valuable soil amendment. Steve is an actively-serving military veteran and a pilot for Southwest Airlines.
Black Soldier Flies
Kali Rabaut, Founder Suncoast Compost
Kali met her partner eight years ago in Tampa, traveled the world, and planted roots in Riverview, Florida. Neither of them predicted their transformation into professional maggot farmers, yet here they are.
Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) are used to compost waste or convert the waste into animal feed. Fly larvae are among the most efficient animals at converting feed into biomass.