Elemental Impact (Ei) is honored to welcome the first ZWA guest blog article by Melissa Selem, Ei program administrator for nearly three years. It is thrilling to witness Melissa segue her Ei experience into personal passions.
Saying Ei is a strong supporter of composting is an understatement. It’s no secret, Ei’s founder Holly Elmore, is a soil gal, and it shines through her work. From providing education at conferences to bringing together industry leaders for the Compostable Food & Beverage Packaging Value Chain meetings, to helping Scale Up Composting in Charlotte, NC – compost is integral to Ei. As Ei’s Program Administrator for 3 years, I learned quite a bit about composting, and chose it as the focus of my work.
As the new Executive Director of FEF, I bring renewed vision and a fresh perspective to the organization, informed by my time at Ei as well as my psychology and community health background. I believe a supportive community is critical for a thriving compost ecosystem. Cornerstone works like those of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (an Ei Strategic Ally) on the importance of diverse infrastructure and the vast benefits of composting for the environment, society and economy, all shape my thinking and focus.
FEF’s revised mission is:
to catalyze a diverse composting network throughout the South Florida community by educating and connecting people to support sustainable food systems and build healthy soil.
At the core of this ecosystem are people. Part of FEF’s service is making educational experiences around compost accessible to individuals and organizations – building community along the way. FEF is developing a calendar of events, classes and workshops for all things composting. From introductory composting to in-depth topics such as trouble-shooting, building bins, and interactive workshops. FEF also provides a coached compost system set-up requiring a 6-month commitment where individuals are mentored through the full compost life-cycle; creating community experts in the process.
|An illustration of the diversity |
of life in soil.
How can you help feed the soil?