Wake Up to Compost: an Introduction

By Lucy Dilworth

lucy headshotHi everyone! I wanted to formally introduce myself as the newest addition to the Bootstrap community. My name is Lucy and I’m a fresh faced blogger from Maine who recently planted roots in the big city. I graduated last spring from Miami University in Ohio where I studied creative writing. Post-graduation, I indulged in my wanderlust and traveled to the opposite side of the world where I lived with an array of fascinating individuals, including a citrus farmer and a taxidermist. At one point, I found myself composting New Zealand soil with the locals! Despite my ever-changing scenery, I’m grateful to now be in a city where I have the opportunity to be educated on urban composting and pass my knowledge onto others.

Although it’s been awesome to see residential and commercial food scrap collections in an urban setting, I was even more astounded when I saw a composting bin at my 86-year-old grandmother’s house a few weeks ago in Manchester-By-The-Sea. In terms of my own awareness of composting, it’s been very limited until recently. During college, I lived with seven other girls. We certainly produced enough organic waste to compost. Sadly, our priorities lay within what we were going to wear out on the weekends rather than learning to recycle and reuse. When I saw my grandmother’s composting bin, I knew that I was way late to the game. Most people don’t compost because they don’t know how to or why it’s beneficial, which is a category I am guilty of falling into. However, with my new gig at Bootstrap and all the resources I have access to here and online, I can now start to learn about more sustainable practices at home and beyond. And composting? I guess it’s so easy my grandma can do it.

WUTE sponsorSpeaking of revelations, last month I worked my first Bootstrap event at the Wake Up the Earth Festival while also entering Jamaica Plain territory for the first time (or JP as the cool kids say). The festival was a perfect exposure to one of the communities I’ll be working with and an alternative and educational way to spend my Saturday afternoon. It was also the perfect place for anyone trying to get over their agoraphobia. It was a humbling, yet successful experience considering I ran out of flyers within the first hour and one of my managers mistook me for an eager client with inappropriate personal space as I stood with him behind the Bootstrap table. On a positive note, I wanted to thank all of you who came by to express your appreciation for our services. And all of you who came by feeling curious and desiring more knowledge about a composting service in the city.

The highlights of WUTE were being one of the sponsors for the festival (that big Bootstrap Compost banner on stage is still etched in my mind) and getting to meet some of you. I appreciated all of your curiosity, your inquiries and the dedication to making Boston a more sustainable place. It was also a great kickoff to my personal journey of spreading awareness not only about Bootstrap but composting as a whole. On a side note, I also enjoyed watching the man on the 8 foot stilts.

The age range and the diversity in all of you whom expressed interest or your commitment to the company was astonishing. Composting is not a fad, you don’t need a degree in environmental science, and anyone can do it (even my grandmother!). On that note, keep composting, collecting food scraps, and doin’ what you’re doin’. Thanks for a great introduction last month and you’ll be hearing more from me soon.