November 2020

Wrestling the Composter

I began composting because I could not bear the waste of grass clippings, spoiling lettuce, and expired foodstuffs in my refrigerator. To compost seemed like an important part of managing one’s home and caring for a family. After all, a family is a community. In some large urban areas composting is mandatory. I have visited city office buildings where food stuffs, newspaper, coffee grounds and some cardboard is composted. The interiors of these offices were designed with this in mind. Attractive, labeled compartments are built-in for each category of item.

What became quickly apparent, when I set to work composting, was that it would require dedication. My first efforts were met with complaints. Each family member had a different...