You may have seen the white buckets in the kitchens at Edwards Hall and Edwards Church. You may have seen signs about composting in the kitchens. And you may have also seen a green Community Compost sign on the fence by the entrance to the playground.
The Open Spirit and One Earth Collaborative Community Compost is open! With composting available, we can keep plant material out of the waste stream and use it to create “brown gold,” filled with nutrients to return to the earth and nourish it.
Check out the signs here and in the kitchens to check what can go into the compost and what cannot. We need to make sure to keep plastic of any kind out of the bins, as it does not break down. Also, meat and dairy products will attract creatures.
Make use of the compost buckets in the kitchens. After an event, inform people about how to sort their waste – compost, recycling, and trash. The compost goes into the colorful bucket.
At the end of your event, carry the bucket of compost out to the bins. On the bins, you will see two signs: Greens and Browns. Greens are all the fresh scraps from the kitchen. Browns are dead leaves and used paper such as brown paper towels. Add your compost to the Greens bin and then cover it with a bit of material from the Browns bin. This will help to get the composting process going, and will discourage creatures.
You may want to consider composting as a spiritual practice. Here's a prayer to enhance your composting experience:
Source of All, thank you for Your Presence in this space as I return Your gifts to the earth. Please, Holy One, as these bits and scraps are transformed into fertile soil, help me awaken my heart to be transformed as well, that I may better serve this sacred planet, its inhabitants, and all that is unseen and unknown. Thank you. Amen.
You can also make up your own prayer or meditation.
Don’t have a compost bin at home? When you come to the Edwards Church / Open Spirit campus, bring your compost with you. All are invited to be involved in our community composting project.
To learn more about composting, come to the mini-workshop at the Weekend of Spirit. You’ll get a guided tour through the compost bins and information on what can and cannot be composted.
Would you like to help? We are compiling a schedule of helpers so that someone can stop by the compost bins each week to make sure everything is in order. If you’d like to be involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Composting in Framingham
What to compost?
Raw or cooked fruits and vegetables
Raw or cooked grains: rice, cookies, cake, pasta, bread, popcorn, etc.
Nuts and eggshells
Spices and dried herbs
Tea bags, coffee grounds, coffee filters
Grass clipping, dry leaves, ash, sawdust
Shredded newspapers and paper bags
Food soiled paper towels and napkins
What not to compost?
Meat and dairy products
Diseased or poisonous plants
Oil and grease
How do I collect my food scraps?
Get a plastic bucket and line it with a brown paper bag or simply place a piece of newspaper at the bottom. This will make it easy to slide. Lid is optional. After dropping off your scraps rinse the bucket and start fresh with a new bag or newspaper.
How often should I dispose my food scraps?
About once a week seems to be ideal. In the summer time when it gets really hot, if your composting bucket starts smelling, you can drop off your compost more often or you can also place it in your freezer.
Where are the community composting drop-offs located?
Open Spirit: 39 Edwards St. Framingham, MA 01701
The crates are located across from the Open Spirit Building. In the corner (inside the playground) by the cemetery. Only drop off your scraps where you see the sign: Food Scraps Only
First Parish UU: 24 Vernon St. Framingham, MA 01701
The crate is located behind the church, next to the vegetable gardens. It is better if your park right next to the church building. It is still a short walk on the lawn so wear comfortable shoes. Please follow all instructions when dropping off your food scraps. Only drop off your scraps where you see the sign: Food Scraps Only.
Can I take composting soil from these places?
No, the soil is used to feed the local gardens.