14 Jun '12, 11am
Got food scraps? Hail a ‘Compost Cab’
Washington, D.C.’s trash is Jeremy Brosowsky’s treasure. Jeremy Brosowsky was in a Milwaukee greenhouse in March 2010 when he had an epiphany: “What if we could take our garbage and grow food in it?” Brosowsky, 38, was in Wisconsin to learn about urban agriculture at Growing Power , the pioneering urban farm of McArthur Genius fellow Will Allen . At the time, Jeremy was thinking about starting a rooftop agriculture business, but he was intrigued by Allen’s emphasis on the importance — and elusiveness — of fertile soil. “If you don’t dramatically improve the soil, you cannot grow food in cities,” Brosowsky says. His solution? Compost Cab , a Washington, D.C.-based service that picks up urban food waste and delivers it to local farms for composting. From group houses to government offices to high-end restaurants, all are welcome to give up their brown gold. Composting, both ...