In response to the recent commentary, “Here’s how citywide composting could help Baltimore” (Aug. 5), I would like to highlight an organization that was not mentioned but is doing amazing composting, youth leadership and environmental advocacy work in Baltimore — the Baltimore Compost Collective.
I was a transplant to Maryland and working for the town of Hancock in Washington County on workforce and economic development projects when at the request of a local area business interested in composting their restaurant waste, Buddy Lou’s Eats, Drinks and Antiques, I learned about the Baltimore Compost Collective and its director, Marvin Hayes. Marvin and his staff invited me in to come see what it was all about. What a marvel!
The Baltimore Compost Collective under Marvin’s leadership is a true community labor of love. Composting happens here, an animal sanctuary happens here, youth leadership development happens here and a community comes together in the heart of Baltimore to work toward a cleaner environment for themselves and all of Baltimore. Groups like Marvin’s do the heavy lifting that we all should be doing. Certainly, the type of work that the local and state government should be doing.
I salute them and thank them for their commitment to the environment and health and safety of Baltimore.
— Amy Gillespie, Hagerstown
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