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COMPOST CLUB NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY, 2018

HELLO MEMBERS!
Moving forward, the Compost Club team will be sending out a monthly newsletter. We'd like to keep you all updated on the growth of Compost Club, the amount of waste we're collecting, events happening within the urban farming community, information on local restaurants and businesses that are composting, etc. We'd like to build community through Compost Club as the service continues to expand.

CLOSE THE LOOP ON YOUR FOOD!
We dream of a world where nutritious, local compost is used to grow delicious, local food! That is what The Urban Canopy is trying to do! Join our CSA and support our Local Food Cycle!

The Urban Canopy's Summer LUCSA is officially open for enrollment. We call our CSA "LUCSA" as it stands for: Local, Unified, Community Supported Agriculture. So, start thinking warm thoughts and fresh produce.  Each share includes local produce, eggs, bread, mushrooms, and a beverage, all for less than $41 per share (if you sign up by April 1st!).

The first shares of the CSA will be delivered in the first full week of June - deliveries will be on Mondays and Tuesdays, 5-9pm. Folks can choose the full share option: 22 weekly deliveries over 22 weeks. Or, the half share option: 11, biweekly deliveries over 22 weeks.

Interested? Check out TheUrbanCanopy.org/CSA for more information and sign up. Flexible payment plans available!
ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
In this first newsletter we wanted to introduce you all to our administrative team (so you can get to know the folks behind all those billing emails, ha).


NAME: Ally Otto

PRONOUNS: She, Her

ROLES AT THE URBAN CANOPY:

  • Compost Club - Customer Service, Marketing, Updating Member Accounts
  • LUCSA - Creating the CSA's Weekly Newsletter
Ally has been working for The Urban Canopy for 2.5 years. She started as a Compost Club driver after graduating from college in 2015. Ally was SUPER eager to work with the UC and was willing to take any position available (even driving large trucks through narrow Chicago alleyways, gulp). Due to her involvement, she has developed a deep love for composting and reducing waste in every area of her life.

Apart from helping Chicago reduce their waste, she is really into her houseplants, making (everything) from scratch, watercolor painting, and Ted Talks.


 


NAME: Louie Francesco

PRONOUNS: He, Him, His

ROLES AT THE URBAN CANOPY:

  • Compost Club - Billing, Adding New Members, Sending Rewards & Customer Service
  • LUCSA - Packing LUCSA Boxes

Before The Urban Canopy, Louie Francesco worked as a translator, interpreter and tech support freelancer in Detroit. He has been very involved in promoting LGBT inclusivity, specifically through public speaking, in DC, Michigan, and in The New York Times. Louie is interested in Apple devices (hardware fixing), Emperor Penguin and King Penguin, and is a huge Seattle Mariners fan. Louie has volunteered at:

  • Call To Action - Board Member (February 2015-2016)
  • Young Adult Leadership (February 2013-2016)
  • Anti-Racism Team (February 2014-2016)
  • Dignity USA - Young Adults Leadership Team & Trans Support Caucus Lead

Louie is autistic and in the future he would like to be involved in autism/disability inclusion and public speaking about disability inclusion in local workplaces.
 


NAME: Eric Rodriguez

PRONOUNS: He, Him, They

ROLES AT THE URBAN CANOPY: 

  • HR & Operations Lead for The Urban Canopy
  • Compost Club Lead - Strategy & Development

Looking to bridge natural sciences with his social and spiritual side, Eric is a mechanical engineering graduate from UIC, who looks to use biological mimicry, and food to alleviate tough problems in Chicago, like poverty and lack of food access.

After a year and a half internship with The Plant Chicago NFP, he began to work with The Urban Canopy's Farmers Markets and Indoor Farm. Now, Eric is developing Compost Club as well as company-wide operations and HR practices to develop meaningful operations and roles for The Urban Canopy and its crew. Apart from creating an environmentally sustainable company, Eric aims to help create a socially sustainable organization using awareness of social justic issues, non-violent communication and a heightened emphasis on social and emotional well-being -- all the while learning to grow healthy organic food in the city.

Eric is an avid hiker and loves to explore landscapes in person or through nature documentaries.

 

STATS FROM 2017
  • In 2017 alone, Compost Club collected over 150 TONS of food scraps
  • At the end of 2017, Compost Club had 676 MEMBERS total (residential & commercial combined)
  • As of February 1st, 2018 Compost Club has 734 MEMBERS
FEATURED RESTAURANTS
In an effort to offset the cost of composting for restaurants/bakeries/coffee shops, The Urban Canopy purchases gift cards from restaurants that compost with us and distributes them to our residential compost members. This makes composting for commercial kitchens more affordable, rewards you all for participating, and connects residential folks to businesses in their neighborhoods that are mindful of their waste & environmental impact.
 
NANA ORGANIC
BRIDGEPORT, CHICAGO, IL

Nana has been composting through Compost Club since March 3, 2017 and diverted 12,635 LBS from the landfill in 2017 alone. Nana sources many of their ingredients from local farmers (including our Englewood farm in the summertime). You gotta pay them a visit and try their avocado fries......
LULA CAFE
LOGAN SQUARE, CHICAGO, IL

Lula has been composting through Compost Club since March 15th, 2015 and diverted 33,682 LBS from the landfill in 2017 alone. Lula also sources many of their ingredients from local farmers and has a rocking selection in terms of breakfast, brunch, dinner, dessert and drinks....everything.

UPDATES
Someone from La Grange recently signed up for the service. Discouraged that she wasn't within our service area, she asked if we'd be willing to implement the program in her neighborhood if she gathered the interest. We told her we'd be willing to bring Compost Club to La Grange if she could get 30 of her community members to sign up on our website - they've almost reached their quota and it's only been a matter of weeks!

We wanted to share this with you so that you can spread the word about Compost Club to any friends, family members, or coworkers that you may have in La Grange. We also wanted to show how it often only takes one person to push for and promote change. 


We officially have Commercial and Event Compost Club pages running on our website! If you want to implement composting in your office, restaurant, school, coffee shop or at your next event, fill out the appropriate form.

URBAN FARMING EVENTS
YOGA IN THE GREENHOUSE 
Wednesdays | 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, 3501 N Kilbourn Ave.
"Come warm up from your winter day in the beautiful greenhouse setting with a sixty minute Hatha yoga class. Each week will focus on strengthening and lengthening a specific part of the body. You can expect a playful, yet challenging sequence that emphasizes mindfulness and safe body movements. No experience is necessary and all levels are welcome. To register please contact Megan Novotney at megannovotney@gmail.com. (Fee involved)"

 
WINTER FARMERS MARKET SCHEDULE
Check out this complete list of the farmers markets that run throughout the wintertime in Chicago. The times, locations, and offerings of farmers' markets in the winter differ from the ones in spring, summer, and fall.

Thanks for composting!
-Compost Club Team

PS: Follow us on Instagram @THEURBANCANOPY
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