What is Waste for Food?
Project Waste For Food, brings an holistic approach in waste management, putting us humans and our every day choices in the center roll of the cycle. Our habits and cultural background determines the way daily consumer decisions affect our planet. To achieve and sustain chance in our society towards a more sustainable future, first we need to change our own actions and then spread the word by example.
The power of transformation laying in our habitats has greater value that we think. Just by buying products from companies that act in a social responsible way, we are financing their progress and pushing forward for a global chance in the way we see the impact of our consumption. By being responsible consumers, our simple and individual actions contribute to the growth of a virtuous circle of positive impact in our planet.
Waste must be reduced to minimal, specially food waste as it is common knowledge that hunger exists in this World.
Waste for Food, teaching responsable consumption, recycling and compost making advocating to give tools and experience for home growing of natural and healthy fruits and veggies.
In order to achieve a full positive impact, the project gives tips and tricks to consolidate a healthy relationship with the way we think of and the way we prepare our daily meals.
By cooking more at home or choosing conscious chefs and avoiding industrial food and support local farmers, our body reacts by increasing our fiscal and mental health.
The virtuous circle is achieved, by changing the way be see the impact in consumption and our relations with food and how it is being produced.
What is waste for food?
Waste for Food was the first project of our organization. This project aims to implement the technology of composting and show community members the power they have to create a new way of interacting with mother earth by creating a nutrient rich soil from the organic waste that they produce. By teaching community members at both the residential and commercial levels about composting, we hope to inspire change in their habits, therefore creating less waste and a healthier community all around.
Through this project, Casa Pampa is dedicated to educating the public that our own personal organic waste, whether in our homes or businesses, should be our responsibility! We have an important resource at our fingertips and we believe it should not go to waste. Be it that there is no current system in place by government to collect and utilize the organic waste to its potential, we believe it is in the hands of the community members to initiate change. Through the efforts of Casa Pampa Team and and the local community, we have the opportunity to demonstrate to our government the necessity and value of a compost program locally, nationally and eventually globally.
HOW WE STARTED
Waste for Food began in early 2014, when Casa Pampa founders, looking to give their best to the community of Santa Teresa, decided to start composting the community’s organic waste. The idea was to show community members the valuable resource that could be created with their waste.
Initially waste from local grocery stores and restaurants was collected at the end of each day, and was managed using the ancient technology of composting. By using this process, the organic waste was converted into organic fertilizer within 3-6 months.
The project developed further as interest grew, and a volunteer program was created within Casa Pampa. With the help of the volunteers, we came to identify the necessity of a more efficient management system for this organic material within the community and created the project, WASTE FOR FOOD.
Understanding the importance of the project and the potential impact it could have on the community, we decided to take further action. The next step was to share our ideas with decision makers connected to prominent organizations that had leverage directly within the community of Santa Teresa and nearby towns. We presented the project to the Chamber of Tourism of Malpais-Santa Teresa, local environmental NGO's, the Probienestar Association and others, all of whom could see the benefit and positive outcome of our work, and gave us their full formal support. With the support of these organizations we knew we would have a better chance at encouraging and pressuring law enforcement to create change that would be of extreme benefit to the community and world at large.
Current Efforts and Community Impact
We are currently working with community members directly, with an outreach campaign named "COMPOST CLUB" that encourages them to support our mission by collecting and composting their organic waste within their own businesses and homes.
The education campaign aims to rise environmental awareness and spread natural agriculture.
Permaculture community and compost
We recognize that not everyone one has space for composting on their property, and have created an alternative option. Waste for Food in alliance with another local organization, Project CAM, offer a service to manage the waste. Those that are collecting, but don't have personal space to compost, may utilize the service. The Waste for food and Project Cam teams will then put it to good use to grow fresh, organic food in a local school garden.
Aside from our direct efforts within the community, we continue to work towards a solution at the government level. As members of the local Waste Management committee, we are responsible for counseling government in these issues. We are currently in the process of implementing an organic waste management program that the government will spearhead. Putting the responsibility in their hands and showing the community and the world that we value the proper management of organic waste.
We are also currently filming & enjoying the creation of a documentary film that we will are producing. The main objetive is to document our organization’s efforts, in hopes that it can serve as an example for other individuals, communities and governments who are also inspired to start grassroots movements to ignite change.
We are currently receiving and processing 1,000 kilos per week of organic waste that we compost locally. We are motivating and counseling community members to reduce their waste and create a valuable resource by composting and helping others to see the value in proper waste management.
We are actively taking steps to live more respectfully and harmoniously with nature, giving back to Mother Earth and step by step, creating a better future for the world and its inhabitants.
We thank you for your interest and support to Casa Pampa. We are a social organization that destines its profits to finance the development of sustainable projects in the community.
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