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ICAW Celebration

Description: The Illinois Food Scrap & Composting Coalition (IFSCC) is proudly joining individuals around the world to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) from May 5 – 11. We have a week full of fun and informative events and programs. Our lineup aims to feature the important role compost/composting plays, the myriad of benefits it offers, including a focus of this year’s theme: climate.  Everyone is welcome to join us at one or all of the events. Please be sure to register for any programs requiring registration.

Visit https://illinoiscomposts.org/icaw-2024/ for more information, details, map and links.

We hope to see you there! This year we're giving you the opportunity to have twice the fun and experiences!

SUNDAY, MAY 5 - ADVENTURES IN COMPOSTING - a variety of nearly 30-40 or more Adventures will highlight compost and composting taking place all over the state of Illinois. These adventures are all related to compost/composting and are quite diverse. They include: small farm and community garden tours, vermicomposting demos, backyard garden visits with Compost & Cocktails, vineyard tours/wine tastings, compost giveaways, school events, opportunities to taste and purchase fresh food that has been grown using compost, plant and seed giveaways, activities at restaurants that compost, and backyard composting educational events, to name just a few. You'll have the opportunity to see, smell and touch compost at almost every one of these.  Please check times for individual events, but we are encouraging our Adventure sites to offer a full day if they can, so people may have the opportunity to visit more than one site.  Please visit the website above as new Adventures, with details and maps, continue to be added.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 - LEGISLATIVE LUNCH & LEARN (VIRTUAL) - Grab your lunch and join IFSCC to learn about the status of food scrap- and compost-related policy in Illinois and beyond, including legislation that’s been introduced this year, how you can support what’s been introduced, and how to turn your ideas into initiatives no matter where you are. Registration coming soon.

THURSDAY, MAY 9 - COMPOST CAFÉ (VIRTUAL) - Stories & Songs at the Compost Café:  For families, youth, and adults….  Join us for a spectacular and “soil-ful” evening of stories, songs, snippets and serenades. It’s all in honor of International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) and the wonder of compost.  Our “scrappy” group of entertainers and artists are digging up scoopfuls of fun.  They’ll delight you with a special selection of sparkling tales, sprightly tunes, spoken word, and more. Come along, read-along, sing-along and enjoy an evening to celebrate soil and compost through the arts.  The program is geared for grade school age children and their families, but we think all ages will learn something new, be inspired, and enjoy this special program. Join us for a smashing good time! Registration coming soon.  We are also encouraging organizations, groups, municipalities, libraries, and schools to either share the info and registration link or consider hosting a live-stream this wonderful event and invite the public to your place!  No cost, ready-made program bundled for you – you provide the 3 S’s – screen, seats and snacks!

SATURDAY, MAY 11 - ADVENTURES IN COMPOSTING (Part 2) This year we're giving you the opportunity to have twice the fun and experiences with a 2nd day of Adventures!  A variety of nearly 30-40 or more Adventures will highlight compost and composting taking place all over the state of Illinois. These adventures are all related to compost/composting and are quite diverse. They include: small farm and community garden tours, vermicomposting demos, backyard garden visits with Compost & Cocktails, vineyard tours/wine tastings, compost giveaways, school events, opportunities to taste and purchase fresh food that has been grown using compost, plant and seed giveaways, activities at restaurants that compost, and backyard composting educational events, to name just a few. You'll have the opportunity to see, smell and touch compost at almost every one of these.  Please visit the website above as new Adventures, with details and maps, continue to be added

MULTIPLE DATES THROUGHOUT THE WEEK - COMPOST BYO CONTAINER EVENTS - Compost Gift-Backs and Bring your own Bucket Giveback events. Take home nutrient-rich compost for your own home gardens, landscaping, and yards! Note: Each site has their own unique fee structure and policies.

MULTIPLE DATES THROUGHOUT THE WEEK - LIBRARY PROGRAMS AND OTHER HAPPENINGS - Check out all the wonderful things taking place at Illinois libraries including special book and resource displays, presentations, activities and story-times. Also included, special events and happenings taking place at other gardens and venues.


Oklahoma


ICAW Celebration - Social Media Themes

Description: 
Sunday Theme - It’s ICAW! What does that mean?
- Informational reel from OCASA (Oklahoma Composting and Sustainability Association) board members
- Why is composting so important, and how do you do it? (POVs from board members) Monday Theme - Composting and Local Government
- Proclamation reel
- photos of mayors and legislators and their proclamations
- The importance of individual action, advocacy and the support of local government Tuesday Theme - Commercial Composting
- meet our route manager at a location to film, go pro, or brief ride along
- Video of compost manager working the skidsteer in the compost yard
- What can and cannot be composted commercially interview with Fertile Ground CEO about compost socks
Wednesday Theme - Residential Composting
- Ride along on the compost bucket route, go pro, or meet at a location, ending at the compost site
- What can and cannot be composted residentially
- Individual impact slide with carbon footprint calculation
Thursday Theme - Composting in Gardens
- Commonwealth and Scissortail Park (videos at both community gardens)
- The importance of carbon in the composting process Friday Theme
- Cooking for very little kitchen waste
- Cooking and composting at Chef Lisa’s house
- Alternatives to composting
- Saving money by buying what’s needed
Saturday Theme - recap; what did you learn this week?
- Provide other sources of education
- How can OCASA help you reach your composting goals?
- Discussion of Fertile Ground’s services

Events:
Tuesday, 5/7/24: Teaching at The Well Norman 12 and 5:30pm
Wednesday, 5/8/24: Metropolitan Library composting class 7pm
Thursday, 5/9/24: Common Ground screening at Rodeo Cinema stockyard 5-9pm
Friday, 5/10/24: Social Hour at Sailor & The Dock West Village OKC 5-6:30pm
Saturday, 5/11/24: Compost Festival 11-4pm

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Physical Address:
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Raleigh, NC 27604

Mailing Address:
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Raleigh, NC 27619
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