TOFGA 2021 Virtual Conference
Topic-based Farm Tours: Composting
3/4/2021 - Tuesday - 5:30 to 6:45 PM CST
Compost is a great soil amendment on almost any kind of farm and can be an excellent way to upcycle waste and cull. In this session we do a tour with the Compost Queens in San Antonio, Texas to see how they are using bokashi to transform food waste into rich compost. Then NCAT Sustainable Agriculture specialist, Colin Mitchell, will share specifics on how to make safe and effective compost using thermal and vermiculture methods.
Kate Jaceldo is the co-founder of Compost Queens, a company that has been transforming food waste into compost since 2017. A special ed teacher, social worker and transition facilitator for a public school district, her passion for a sustainable food system and concerns about the climate crisis radically changed her course. Born and raised in South Texas, today the Compost Queen works hard to save the planet – or at least San Antonio – one bucket at a time.
Colin Mitchell has a bachelor's in Government and a minor in Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas in Austin. He is a former Permaculture Research Institute of Australia Project Management Intern, and a PRI certified Permaculture Designer. Colin spent the years after his internship working on and managing sustainable agriculture and development projects across central Texas and the U.S. As a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist for the National Center for Technology (NCAT) Colin works on projects related to soil health, payments for ecosystem services, local food, regenerative ranching and farming, and much more.