What is Waste for Food?
Waste for Food is the principal project of our organization. This project aims to implement the technology of composting and show community members at both the residential and commercial levels the power they have to create nutrient rich soil from the organic waste that they produce. By teaching community members 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 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 2014, when one person, looking to give his 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 that encourages them to support our mission by collecting and composting their organic waste within their own businesses and homes. 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 working on gaining support for the creation of a documentary film that we will be creating. We would like 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.