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Compost City


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The comprehensive guide to individual- and community-scale composting in the city, using small-space living, limited backyard space, and urban density to your advantage.

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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.


"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

"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

"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

"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

"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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