Compost Council Launches Site That Connects Buyers and Sellers

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Locally sourced compost is at the center of buy-compost.com’s model.

In the last few years, composting has become a profitable business. You can buy compost from big box stores, but one organization thinks the best compost for your backyard comes from your neighbor’s.

That’s why the U.S. Composting Council has launched buy-compost.com, a site that connects compost buyers with sellers in their own neighborhood via an interactive map, which highlights sellers in your zip code within a 125 mile radius.

Both small scale consumers and “prosumers,” like landscapers, nursery workers and other industry professional can use the site to locate healthy, local compost.

Sellers have also committed to donating compost to community gardens all around the country. This month, the council will launch the Million Tomato Compost Campaign – an effort combined with chefs and community gardens throughout the U.S. to grow one million tomatoes using donated compost.

“The Million Tomato Compost Campaign spreads the word that compost is a key component to building the healthy soil needed to grow sustainable, local food that helps build healthy communities,” the council says on its website.

Many chefs have agreed to help educate their communities, including schools and nonprofits, on how to grow their own sustainable food. Chef Nathan Lyon, host of Discovery Health’s local food-focused A Lyon in the Kitchen, will act as the face of the Million Tomato campaign.