YEARS:

2020, 2021

LOCATION:

Providence, RI; Pawtucket, RI

Groundwork Rhode Island

Harvest Cycle Composting

Groundwork Rhode Island (GWRI) runs Harvest Cycle Compost, a subscription-based food scrap collection service and composting program based in Providence and Pawtucket, RI. It currently processes approximately 3,400 pounds of food scraps into compost each week from over 200 residential and small business participants.

GWRI is advancing urban composting and beginning to develop markets for finished compost as an alternative to chemical fertilizers. Over the next year, this project aims to identify potential end-users of compost; primarily urban and other local growers. The initiative will also identify barriers to growers using compost and provide education and training to guide these growers away from the use of chemical fertilizers while increasing the appropriate use of compost. GWRI will also multiply Harvest Cycle’s intake and production capacity through the development of a new compost processing site in Providence, RI.

SCOPE
  • Develop and implement a series of four compost application workshops for farmers, gardeners, and urban residents throughout Rhode Island.  
  • Collaborate with Clean Ocean Access’ Healthy Soils Healthy Seas Rhode Island, Rhode Island Food Policy Council, and URI Cooperative Extension to advance regional compost use in various sectors, including large-scale farm compost application and municipal projects.  
  • Expand Harvest Cycle’s Providence-based biking composting operations and neighborhood composting hubs to increase capacity to process compost across the city.
  • Facilitate biannual compost give-aways to community members to incentivize composting use in different city neighborhoods.
About Groundwork Rhode Island

Groundwork Rhode Island is a non-profit community-based organization with the mission of creating healthier and more resilient urban communities through environmental sustainability and job creation. Groundwork RI achieves its mission through its many urban stewardship programs, which employ lower-income Rhode Islanders, including those with past conviction records and youth, and at the same time physically improve our shared urban environment, especially in economically-distressed areas.

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