Kate (aka. Grove Street Gardener) has a thing for decomposition.
This inner city mother of three is the self-appointed Compost Queen who single-handedly collects scraps from her neighbours and local cafes to reduce food waste and produce garden gold.
As well as being an activist on the ground, she’s also a compost influencer in the ether. Kate is gaining thousands of followers on Instagram who love her catchy content and colourful tutorials on making grade-A hot compost. What's more, her stats are translating into action.
In this convo, Kate shares the story of her potted street garden on the pavement in inner city Sydney, the cooling power of greenery in urban spaces, how she's using social media for good, and strategies for Insta-stalking local MPs to agitate for change.
Upbeat, down-to-earth, anything-is-possible stuff from her Right Royal Highness of Compost.
Why composting is her number one focus!Being a share waste userComposting in a tiny inner city terraceBeing a crazy urban bowerbird Creating a composting ‘mothership' to service her ‘compost hungry’ needs Compost wars with her mumCreating a potted street garden for her communityInviting neighbours to join her on this questSwapping and sharing Permaculture wars in the suburbsExtending friendships beyond a sprig of mintHoarding behaviour during covidWhy it’s important to have fun when encouraging change The potency but potential poison of social mediaMaking compost a happy and exciting message via memes, music and comedyChanneling eco-activism between kids' napsEncouraging second hand presents Protecting the childhood years of wonderRising children who are empowered by their ability to actionFinding your ONE thing! Food waste as a catalyst for climate impactFocussing on local letter writing and agitation to bring about changeMaking the most of opportunities on our vergesChange can really happen in the tiny strips of soil between roads and footpathsThe power of green in a city is amplified against the black bitumenUsing movable pots in a rental to change the use of the streetscapeUrban sprawl by way of potted plants rather than housesUse of signage and lights to activate your street pot garden Being at peace if anything is stolen Getting resource savvy with the things you can find rather than always buying newCOMPOST HOW TOLINKS YOU'LL LOVE
ShareWaste appMichael Mobbs (creator of regenerative city verges in Chippendale)RetrosuburbiaUno's Garden - Graeme BaseBower - Reuse + Repair programsSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/futuresteading)