Conservation Café on Food Waste Composting

Conservation Café presents the next Conversations on Conservation

“From Garbage to Black GOLD:
Realizing the Value of Food Waste”

January 24, 2014 8:30am – 10:30am

at Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

Moderator:  Braeden Cohen, Composting/Sustainability Specialist and educator at the Greenburgh Nature Center will be discussing the scope and expense of food waste problem in Westchester; composting as profitable solution to food waste; basic mechanics of composting food along with yard organics.

Jean Bonhotal of the Cornell Waste Management Institute and the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, will be speaking on the economics of food waste composting andcase studies of food waste composting operations in New York State.

Terry Laibach, Recycling Specialist at NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Region III will talk about the New York State DEC requirements for food waste composting in New York and examples of food waste composting facilities currently in operation or in planning stages in New York State.

Sarah Groat, Manager of Soil, Recycling, and Compost Operations  at Stone Barns Center For Food and Agriculture will present on how Stone Barns turns Garbage To Gold as part of both their mission and business operations.

Peter Schmidt, Westchester based Compostwerks LLC – Joining our panel to describe Compostwerks assistance with student-run aerated static pile food composting at St. Johns University.

After the presentations, there will be a panel discussion  and questions and answers with all of our speakers.

Who Should Attend: Municipal officials, DPW officials, school facility managers, grocery store associations, restaurateurs, homeowners, the agricultural community, gardening enthusiasts, organizations that have high food waste disposal costs and those concerned about waste.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; the program begins at 8:45 a.m.

Coffee generously donated by Coffee Labs Roasters of Tarrytown.

*Please bring your own cup!

This is a FREE program, and all are welcome to join.


Conservation Café programs provide a forum for dialogue about current environmental issues. Co-Sponsored by:  Grassroots Environmental EducationGreenburgh Nature Center,  FCWC, Friends of Westchester County ParksMianus River GorgePace UniversityTeatown Lake ReservationWestchester County Parks and Planning Departments and Westchester Land Trust.

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