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Compost City

Rebecca Louie



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Roost Books
01 June 2015
Millions of city dwellers want the real dirt on composting. Whether they're staunch environmentalists or urbanites touting green as the new black, folks who compost are the latest force joining backyard chickeners, balcony beekeepers, and community gardeners in helping cities get down to earth.

Packed with research, expert testimonies, and a healthy dose of humor, Compost City gives us essential strategies on composting in small, shared, diversely crowded spaces. Whether you live in a fifth-floor walk-up or a high-rise apartment complex in the suburbs, you probably don't have much more plot of land to tinker with than the little square on the sidewalk. How are you supposed to be green minded when there's no green space in sight? How do you tap the social ecosystem full of like-minded individuals? If you don't garden, who wants your compost? And how do you transport it to them? Help!

From hobbyists in studio apartments to activists on rooftop farms, Compost City serves the millions of curious, adventurous, and/or eco-minded people who care about going green but feel limited by their limited space.
By:   Rebecca Louie
Imprint:   Roost Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   310g
ISBN:   9781611802207
ISBN 10:   1611802202
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   01 June 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

In 2009 REBECCA LOUIE became a certified NYC Master Composter and began a rich life playing with worms. Her company, The Compostess, offers New York City residents home compost consultations and delightful eco-training events for adults, children, and community and professional groups. Her work as The Compostess has been featured in Edible Manhattan,, and more. Both a city girl and a country girl, Rebecca splits her time between her native Queens and the Catskills. Her fiction has appeared in Alimentum- The Literature of Food.

Reviews for Compost City

You've never seen a book on composting like this one--it's wonderful. No excuses, no putting it off. Compost City guides even the most squeamish sophisticate into delightful partnership with browns, greens, and worms. --Joel Salatin, farmer, author, and educator at Polyface Farm <p/> A master composter and real-life eco-hero wielding a worm fork, Rebecca Louie makes composting fun, inviting, and accessible to everyone from beginners to gardening pros. She renews my faith in a sustainable future, and will inspire yours. --Gabrielle Langholtz, editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn <p/> Compost City is a must-read for any would-be composter, urban or otherwise. In an informative, whimsical way, Rebecca Louie de-icks composting, debunks its myths, and DIY-ifies its methods. By the end, you'll be able to compost this book, but you wouldn't dream of doing so for fear of losing a vital resource. --Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland and creator of <p/> Shelburne Farms is always looking for new ways to connect teachers and students with agriculture that goes beyond their time here on the farm. Compost is a crucial component to healthy food systems, but you don't need 1,400 acres to practice this. Compost City illustrates all you need to know about recycling food, no matter how small the space at home or school. We believe that learning should be infused with joy and wonder, and Louie does just that with her fun, engaging style. Compost City will be well-used in our library. --Alec Webb, President of Shelburne Farms, VT <p/> Composting is a great way to give back to the miraculous organism that is soil, and Rebecca Louie's informative, hands-on, highly entertaining how-to makes this complex process real and doable for the home composter. It's a fun read, and more important, it's full of technical information and specific tips that empower anyone to go forth and compost successfully. Thank you, Rebecca! Compost City will help heal our cities and soil. --Deborah Koons Garcia, writer, director, and producer of Symphony of the Soil and The Future of Food

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