Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Wednesday 28 February 2007

Why compostwoman?

As you may have guessed from the title of this blog and from my blog name, I am passionate about composting.Apart from making my own compost from the green waste we generate at home, I also "spread the word" about the benefits of home composting to my fellow man. - I am a MASTER COMPOSTER.

And what is a Master Composter, I hear you cry?

Master Composters are volunteers who encourage people in their local community to start composting at home, and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement.
Anyone can be a Master Composter – you do not have to already be an expert in composting as Master Composters are trained in 'how to compost' before they start their activities. There are Master Composters of every age group and they come from a wide variety of backgrounds. This contributes to the effectiveness of the scheme – Master Composters can reach parts that other compost promoting activities cannot reach as they talk to their friends, family and neighbours, attend village fairs and it has even been know for a Master Composter to hold a compost-themed children’s birthday party!
Master Composter schemes are county-specific as they tend to be run by the County Council or in some cases the District Council, or by the Wildlife Trust for the county. The Master Composter scheme is administered by Garden Organic ( formerly HDRA) and the organising body for YOUR county, for more info see here

I joined my county scheme last year and have had a lot of fun spreading the word about the benefits of home composting - benefits to the environment, to the council tax payer ( that's YOU) to the health of the nation as we grow more food from the compost we generate, to the reduction in CO2 emissions as a result of home composting, to the re-connection with the cycle of sowing, growing and harvesting food, to the glow of saving money AND growing food to feed your family - and all from stuff you were going to throw away!

As a Master Composter I get paid expenses so am not out of pocket and I have the warm glow of doing something I believe in and having fun in the process!

1 comment:

  1. I have added your blog to my blogroll on my new gardening blog!

    Great stuff!



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