Beyond Wasted Food

A model composter in an urban environment.

The Foodbank feeds people, grows food and composts in Dayton.

About the Event

For all those collecting organic resources, that compost them and apply it to feed and improve soil.♻️

  • Community Composters

  • Master Gardeners and Master Composters

  • Municipalities

  • Horticulturists, Greenhouse Growers and Plant Nurseries

  • Farmers and Farm Composters

  • Ohio EPA's registered and exempt composting facilities

  • Schools (Teachers and Administrative Personnel)

  • Educators / Researchers (soil fertility, microbiology, water protection)

  • Equipment manufacturers

  • Community gardeners / urban farmers

  • State and local decision makers (legislators, city council members, city administrators

  • Regulators (Ohio EPA and health department inspectors, zoning officials)

  • Nonprofit organizations

  • Solid Waste Management Districts

  • Compostable Products Manufacturers / Distributors

Join us for a special event in honor of Hunger Action Month, where we come together to address the pressing issue of hunger in Ohio.

Did you know that 1 in 8 people in Ohio face hunger?

Let's come together to celebrate composting and to end hunger together.

The Foodbank is opening its doors to the public, inviting you to inspect their Earth Flow Composting System, indulge in snacks, and engage in conversations with like-minded individuals who are passionate about feeding people instead of landfills.

At this event, we will celebrate the transformative power of composting.

The Foodbank takes a proactive approach by diverting food from landfills and converting it into a valuable soil amendment through composting.

The Ohio Organics Council is proud to invite you to experience composting in action, expand your knowledge about its benefits, and connect with others who are dedicated to advancing composting practices in Ohio.

We will live-stream and record our panel discussion featuring composting experts.

Whether you're interested in residential and small-scale composting or large-scale operations, our panelists will engage in an open dialogue, addressing audience questions.

You can submit your questions on flashcards or directly interact with the panel.

We aim to create a welcoming space for like-minded individuals to connect, fostering a vibrant community dedicated to eliminating food waste and landfilling organic resources.

Take this opportunity to network and establish connections with fellow composting professionals in Ohio.

In addition to insightful discussions, we will provide light entertainment, snacks, and a refreshing, alcohol-free juice bar.

If you are passionate about making composting mainstream and ending hunger, this event is tailor-made for you.

Join us, make new friends, learn from experts, and have a wonderful time.

Event Details

⚠️ This event is in the past.⚠️

Event Date: September 21, 2023

Time: 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: The Foodbank, Inc., 56 Armor Pl, Dayton, OH 45417

Virtual: We will live stream the keynote, panel discussion and Q&A session from 3:00pm to 4:30pm.

The Foodbank is located close to I-75. Click link above for directions.

Learn from the Pioneers

Composting in an urban environment is possible.

Watch this video to learn more.

Watch the live event recording

Event Schedule

Doors Open: 12:00pm

Come on in and learn more about the Foodbank Dayton.

Guided Tours: 12:15pm - 2:00pm

See how they process one ton of organic material per week in their Earth Flow In-Vessel Composting System.

Take a look at their extensive Market Gardens.

Networking Session: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Have fresh juice and meet new peers that are excited about advancing composting.

You might find just the right person to connect with on your specific topic.

Keynote Presentation: 3:00pm - 3:20pm

Learn from an award winning compost systems designer.

Panel Discussion: 3:20pm - 4:00pm 

We will talk about residential, small and medium sized composting systems.

Open Forum and Q&A: 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Join the panelist and ask your questions about planning and operating a compost system.

Networking and Socializing: 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Let's get together and make connections that strengthen the organics recycling industry in Ohio.

Our Event Sponsors

Green Mountain Technologies has been designing and building innovative composting solutions for more than 30 years

This event series is partially funded by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

The Solid Waste District of Montgomery County is dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable practices through a range of waste management and recycling services.

About the Panelists:

Michael Bryan Brown - Green Mountain Technologies

Michael Bryan Brown

Founder & Director of Engineering, Green Mountain Technologies

For more than three decades, Michael has been a pioneering force, conceptualizing and implementing state-of-the-art composting systems.

His extensive experience showcases an unrivaled commitment to innovation and excellence in the field.

Courtney Curtner

Garden Lead at The Foodbank Dayton

Courtney has been instrumental in getting the in-vessel composting system up and running and is part of the crew that manages the day to day operation.

She is bringing her insight of processing 1 ton of food waste per week to the discussion.

Tim Pritchard - Five Rivers MetroParks

Tim Pritchard

Sustainability Manager at Five Rivers MetroParks

Tim oversees the agency’s internal composting efforts which range from home and office scale compost bins to a registered Class 3 windrow system.

Tim is the long-time instructor for a partnership program between MetroParks and Montgomery County Environmental Services called Compost Kitchen, a three-week course which provides home-scale composting instruction for residents and provides participants with a free compost bin

upon completion.

Tim Steckel - Compost Marketing Agency

Tim Steckel

Founder of Compost Marketing Agency

Your host for the panel discussion and avid voice for the composting industry.

He brings his years of event management and marketing experience to the Ohio Organics Council and has been instrumental in managing this event series. Tim publishes content with the hashtag #makecompostmainstream

About the Organizers

The Ohio Organics Council

The Ohio Organics Council (OHOC) is the official Ohio State Chapter of the US Composting Council, advocating for organics recycling. Our mission is to increase the amount of organics recycled in Ohio by influencing legislation, training professionals, and facilitating dialogue among stakeholders. We offer membership opportunities for individuals interested in advancing organics recycling and provide financial support to gain influence.

The Foodbank Dayton

Foodbank Dayton is a member of Feeding America's nationwide network of 206 food banks across the United States and standing as one of the 12 in the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. Their dedication extends beyond addressing hunger and food scarcity, as they actively engage in various other crucial initiatives, including disaster relief, re-entry/recidivism , workforce development, community development, and robust efforts to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion within our community.

Compost Marketing Agency

The event series is planned and executed by the Compost Marketing Agency. They are supporting organizations and businesses in the organics recycling industry. You can contact their event team ([email protected]) to request additional information, press kits or about sponsoring opportunities.


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