May 3rd through 9th is International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW). Celebrated annually, the week is designed to promote the benefits of composting and compost for effective resource management, soil health and plant growth.
ICAW is normally a time when the benefits of composting are promoted through a variety of community activities. These are, however, anything but normal times, and our collective efforts to flatten the curve mean that we are all staying at home to keep our communities safe.
That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t promote composting to our friends, neighbors, and beyond. As we shelter in place, physically confined to a smaller world, our communities have paradoxically expanded via the digital world. Living online has gone from distraction to necessity as Facetime, messaging apps and social media become our only connection to friends both near and far.
This year’s ICAW theme is Soil Loves Compost. If you are active on social media like Instagram, you can post a picture of you and your family composting or using finished compost. Make sure to hashtag #soillovescompost. That way, you can go global without leaving your house! Please tag @collectiveresource in your posts as well. We love hearing from you but we also love seeing you online!
Two of our municipal partners have joined the effort as well. Mayor Steve Hagerty of Evanston and Mayor George Van Dusen of Skokie signed proclamations for this year’s International Compost Awareness Week.
We may be keeping our physical distance from each other this spring, but we are still together as a composting community!