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Denver Compost Collective helps grow plants and the community

Avocado seeds, banana peels, coffee grounds, eggshells, onions, grapes and a number of fruit and vegetable waste combined with leaves and dirt can make a beautiful combination, despite how it actually looks. 

“What it ends up being is a super diverse mix of nutrients and micronutrients and minerals," said Shawn Hendrickson. "So it’s not like putting manure in a field, it’s the complete picture of what a plant can use.” 

Hendrickson is talking about compost and, specifically, his organization's compost. About 12 years ago, he started out composting in what he called a "backyard community farm scale," where he, alone, collected food waste from neighbors to create compost. Now, Denver Compost Collective boasts three employees and collects hundreds of pounds of waste every week. 

Read the rest at Rocky Mountain PBS


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