9/16/14 This information is for archival purposes only. It is not current. For current doings, see xTroy.org .

Background:

The objectives of this group are to identify regions, make recycling easier, help interested neighborhood clusters identify compost locations, and collect data from first sites to evaluate practices.

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Current Status

An initial meeting was held, and a follow up meeting was scheduled for February 20th.

Next Steps

  • Where are the potential vacant lots/places for composting? (Guy)
  • Explore use of CDCG sites (Mara)
  • Meeting on Feb. 20 (All)
  • Contact Hezzie to determine potential for site at CAC (Marie)
  • Make use of the Participation Survey (and give Anasha feedback if it needs to be changed)

  • Find/add representatives from other neighborhoods
  • Identify a coordinator for each site
  • Develop a Protocol/criteria for neighborhood sites


  • Call bakery departments to get buckets
  • Come up with logo for compost buckets
  • Find a list of sources of browns
  • Find a place to store brown stuff
  • Come up with a blueprint for Oakwood bin

People Involved

Point Person:

  • Guy Schaffer

Actively Helping

  • Linda O’Malley
  • Pat Cumo
  • Sam Harrington
  • Guy Schaffer
  • Mara Estes
  • Marie Gavazzi
  • Elizabeth Anderson
  • Taylor Prince

Interested

  • Anasha Cummings
  • Abby Lublin
  • Tyler Q. Holloway

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Minutes/Notes

Notes from 2/6/13 Troy Compost Organizing Meeting:

Members: Linda O’Malley, Pat Cumo, Sam Harrington, Guy Schaffer, Mara Estes, Marie Gavazzi, Elizabeth Anderson, Taylor Prince-Castle

Objective: to identify regions, make recycling easier, help interested neighborhood clusters identify compost locations, collect data from first sites to evaluate practices

Need:
- Find/add representatives from other neighborhoods
- Identify a coordinator for each site

[Protocol/criteria for neighborhood sites? Ex. location requirements, materials on site, leadership/point people, training, plan for use, etc. –Abby.]

Tasks:

- Where are the potential vacant lots/places for composting? (Guy)
- Explore use of CDCG sites (Mara)
- Contribution for TRIP newsletter (Sam)
- Meeting on Feb. 20 (All)
- Contact Hezzie to determine potential for site at CAC (Marie)

Notes from 2/20/13 Neighborhood-Scale Compost Working Group Meeting

Present: Pat Cumo, Sam Harrington, Guy Schaffer, Mara Estes, Marie Gavazzi, Taylor Prince-Castle, Sheila Fitzgerald, Colie Collen, Tara Quackenbos

Report-backs:
  1. Mara: Tara, head garden organizer at CDCG they have been talking about how to get CDCG involved. maybe 50% of people there would be on board. Drafting a letter to gardeners. Plan: cap it at 20 people, who have a 5-gallon per month. 100 gal/mo. Decent amount of food waste. Contact bakeries about food-grade icing buckets that are easy to open and close. 20 buckets: easy to find. (or we can get 'em from honest weight). Outreach to get 20 people. Flier? Newsletters? First 20 people to sign up sorta just get it. Getting their information, going over location and time. Probably most convenient to drop off at garden in spring and summer, Tuesday and Wednesdays, 5:30-7. If there's a storm and Tara/Mara can't make it. Because it's just a pile, best to just focus on South Central Neighborhood.
    1. Sheila: is there a fee? M/T: nah, we're not making it super convenient, and folks aren't picking it up.
    2. Colie: who gets the compost? M/T: the idea is creating a space for you to put your compost, making sure it's going somewhere good. No need to promise compost. These hours will be the only time.
    3. Sam: Advertise in TNAC? Little Italy newsletter? Washington Park newsletter?
    4. Colie: are there carbon sources? Tara: there's access to browns and greens.
    5. Taylor: Albany's sources of brown stuff lead to lead-heavy compost. Mara: how about asking folks to bring paper &c
    6. Todo: find sources of brown stuff for neighborhood sites to use. Make sure it's clean!
    7. Both have great compost expertise, tons of experience!
  2. Mara: Moving forward with the project, setting up an orientation. How much does the rest of the group want to do this? Guy: how about if you just see us as standing labor? Sheila: when do you want folks to be signed up? Wants to make sure everyone has equal access to knowing. But it's a pilot! Taylor: how about a demonstration to do their own backyard composting!
    1. Colie: we could eeeeasily find 20 people w/o posting. Let's try n be more inclusive.
    2. Colie: should all piles look the same? I can't do that. But will people be confused?
    3. Marie: two criteria. someone must monitor, someone must turn it.
    4. Guy: i really think they should all be different
    5. Mara: everyone has different resources!
    6. Taylor: this is more democratic!
    7. Pat: And then there are compost rules to abide by for no rodents.
    8. Mara: What should the education group do in all this?
  3. Sam: Andrea Daly: there's maybe a lot on Ida St. that could get used.
  4. [discussion of what paper things are safe]
  5. Tara: we have a two-bin system, can Green Greeks help?
  6. Guy: how to test pallets?
  7. Sheila: Started at Ark Charter School's after-school program. Garden, but no compost! There's a person who maintains the gardens, maybe lunch collection. Strong, healthy eating component of after school program, getting Sprout involved? Get kids involved, gets mom involved. Colie: Myers Middle School has great vegetable project!
  8. Taylor: Green Greeks met, they have houses that are already composting, or want to do it in the near future. Monthly pickup? Or maybe three times a semester, pick up compost, some recyclables from some people. Not a ton from greenhouse bin, but people looking into it. It should be able to take more stuff! FiveStar: makes house look good. Most houses would be excited to make these points. Spillover exists: composting is community service, it diverts landfill waste, engages community. It has national recognition! Tara: if Green Greeks are focusing on neighborhoods, if there are neighborhood bins, why not have these Green Greeks riding cargo bikes to pick up people's compost!?
  9. [bin/pile/heap: which is the right word?]
  10. Mara: could FoodCycle expand/grant access to bikes for CDCG?
  11. Guy: why not just let bike haulers haul wherever? Taylor: we're treading on private industry side there!
  12. Marie: why not partner with Andrea Daly's plot? Feegee bought up church downtown?
  13. Colie: No plan. Borrowing land to grow flowers on side plot at Oakwood, also borrowing land at Woodside. So the folks there have volunteered her. So…open to ideas! Woodside has artist-residents with work study they need to do. Church, Tool Library: not great places for it. Baseball Diamonds not really ideal either. Maybe Burden Environmental Park? Totally underused.
    1. Guy: what if the Woodside plot is just open!
    2. Mara: people are going to want to be going there they'll want to follow rules
    3. Pat: see if people follow rules
  14. Pat: Anasha said he'd like to have a pile where he lives, at 15th and congress.
What is our job as a committee? We have some people who are working on individual piles, but what can we do as a task force to make this go smoothly?
  1. Guy: Be an aid to any pile
  2. Sam: document test piles. Take Pictures. Put it on wiki
  3. Mara: see what factors are different from each experiment
  4. Sheila: website for all of troy.
  5. Mara: we will be people directing
  6. Marie: nice to have geographic distributions.
  7. Taylor: it'd be easy to just do a google map
  8. Colie: do we have a budget?! Maybe a bucket deposit? Donation?
  9. Sheila: this places a value on the work we're doing behind the scenes
  10. Sam: laminated trash can signs. Suggested donation.
  11. Tara: should we get logos approved?
  12. Colie: might it be easier to bulk order a bunch of buckets?
What are we each doing for next week?
  1. Tara & Pat: calling bakery departments to get buckets
  2. Mara: Logo
  3. Guy: Brown stuff list
  4. Sam: evocative brown stuff…is there a place where it can be stored? substrates that didn't work?
  5. Sheila: FoodCycle 5 gal bucket source
  6. Colie: blueprint for container for oakwood

Preferred communication mode: Email and Meetings.