Last Saturday, February 22, we had a great turn out at Salomon Farm Park for an event that combined a session of yoga and a compost workshop. Both practices are about cultivating mindfulness about your body/self and your impact on the world. We look forward to future collaborations with Kylee Hays of Living Yoga for more yoga and compost events.
Many thanks to Kellie Adkins, from Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation, for hosting the event and for taking these photos.
This free event is possible through a partnership between Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, Dirt Wain, and Living Yoga LLC.
This event is for ages 16+. The program is free, but space is limited to 30 people and pre-registration is required. Register at fortwayneparks.org or by calling 260.427.6000 and use code 153600.
For this free program Living Yoga LLC will kick us off with a gentle yoga class that is appropriate for all levels, beginner to advance. There will also be an option to participate while seated in a chair if preferred. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Immediately following yoga Dirt Wain will offer a short presentation on the basics of composting. Learn the dos and don’ts of composting, get all your questions answered, and learn how Dirt Wain and Salomon Farm Park have teamed up to do the dirty work of composting for residents!
Both yoga and earth care ask us to be observant participants in the world around us, to be mindful of how we are living and our impact on the world. Are you overwhelmed with all the things you should be doing to be a good steward to the earth and your fellow humans? Reducing our waste, including food waste being sent to landfills, is a good place to start but home composting can feel overwhelming to many. Good news! Dirt Wain, a local composting initiative, removes many of the obstacles. In yoga we create space in the mind and body and begin to experience our connection to everything around us.
Local freelance writer, Tim Zink, wrote an article for Input Fort Wayne about our efforts to build community-scale compost solutions for various individuals, groups, and businesses in the area. The online magazine covers a lot of great things that are happening in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. Momentum is building in many areas, not just in the interest in composting.
We are grateful for the support; thanks, Tim and Input!
Composting has been part of Brett Bloom’s life ever since he got his start as a young boy at his grandparents’ garden.
“Often, my grandparents would have me bury my table scraps in their kitchen garden in the summer,” Bloom says. “I really loved doing that, and there was no word for it. We were just sort of returning the nutrients to the land.”
Little did he know at the time, but he was composting—recycling organic materials into the soil rather than sending them to the landfill where they contribute to the greenhouse gas, methane.
We asked one of our subscribers—to our drop off service at Salomon Farm Park—if her children were as enthusiastic about composting several weeks after they had started. They were really excited when they started and we wanted to know if this continued. Here is what she replied:
Everyone loves it. They race to the bucket after dinner and always fight over who gets to get out of the car to drop the bucket off!