Is There Really Such a Thing as a Compost Entrepreneur?

Connecting Sustainable Agriculture to Efficiency: Compost Cab

Jeremy Brosowsky, founder of Compost Cab

In a recent article over at the San Jose Mercury, readers will find inspiring coverage of a small-business owner and sustainability pioneer named Jeremy Brosowsky. At 39, Brosowsky has a few traits that may have positioned him very well for his current success: serial entrepreneur, Ivy League graduate, former high-end financial services firm employee. So what is this guy doing in the world of sustainable agriculture?

According to the article, the turning point looked a little bit like this: Brosowsky thought to himself one day, “what Washington needed most wasn’t another urban farm. It was compost – rich, organic matter to enrich city soils – for the city farms already out there.” Others were already “building it,” and behind them, still more converts were “showing up.” The problem was a lack of tools and materials.

Highly aware of the statistics when it come to the amount of trash that humans create every year (250 million tons of garbage per year?!), and the percentage of compostable material that ends up in a landfill rather than in a compost pile, he set out to change the way his fellow citizens relate to both trash, and to agriculture, as he saw the obvious link between the two.

“I don’t think of it as the garbage business,” Brosowsky said. “I’m in the magic business. As I tell my kids, ‘I turn garbage into food.’ ” When did the a-ha moment actually come for Brosowsky then? Way back in March of 2010 during a visit to Milwaukee’s Growing Power urban farm, where he was on a learning mission, doing the research he hoped would allow him to start a rooftop garden back in his home in Washington. When they had to go on a compost run, the inefficiencies in the current system became clear to him, as they went from restaurant to restaurant, picking up old food scraps.

With his new business, Compost Cab, Brosowsky bridges the gap between two obvious and key players in the agricultural “food chain”: farmers who are in desperate need of compost and fertilizer, or other soils rich in nutrients, and restaurants as well as homeowners, who need a way to get rid of their food scraps and compost-worthy materials, without necessarily turning to city or county services in the process.

Read the full article now: Compost entrepreneur connects sustainable agriculture with efficiency By Jane Black, special to The Washington Post.

And be sure to pay a visit to the very interesting, very clear website of Brosowsky’s site, Compost Cab, now.

[Photo Via: SJ Mercury News/The Washington Post/Juana Arias]

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