Hill City Community Compost

Hill City Community Compost

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37.78% to goal

37.78% to goal



Good soil is hard to come by. And expensive. Hill City Neighborhood is putting together a plan to have an entire sustainability block, in which two solid composting units, called "Earth Tubs" will generate up to 100 pounds of compost per day.

what's currently being done

Hill City's first raised bed community garden is being built this spring. The garden will serve as a "living advertisement" for the overall community-development plan including: community garden, neighborhood composting, dog park, & selling produce from the garden at the corner market.


why should people support this cause

No matter how technologically advanced our society becomes, we cannot escape our fundamental relationships with food and each other; we must act, localize our food sources, teach one another, and grow as a healthy and sustainable community for our own economic, health, and overall well being. With its proximity to Stringer’s Ridge, as well as local, eco-businesses at North Shore, Hill City is a prime area for high-visibility sustainability investment.

Hill City would like to be the first neighborhood with its own exemplary composting system. Compost will be used to provide rich soil for the Hill City Community Garden.


who would benefit from addressing this cause

According to the City-Data poll of 2009, Hill City Neighborhood encompasses an area of approximately 1.299 square miles and hosts a population of 2,114 people. This is considered a low-income area with median annual household income of $24,709. Beneficiaries of this project will most directly be members of this neighborhood.

team leaders

I will be leading these efforts with support from the Hill City Neighborhood Association, First Calvary Baptist Church, North Shore Recreation Center, North River Corner Market, Chattanooga's Office of Sustainability, Crabtree Farms, and UTC's department of Experential Learning.

leadership qualities

I initiated and directed the University Sustainability Garden Program (USGP) at the University of Chattanooga at Tennessee in 2012 where students interviewed and 12 were selected to be a part of the program that built and maintained two 4' x24' raised bed vegetable gardens, as well as attended weekly educational workshops on varying ranges of sustainability such as aquaponics, beekeeping, stream clean up, etc.

This is my third year as a CSA workshare at Crabtree Farms, where I get hands on experience about growing food.

For the last few years, it is my continued focus to enact gratitude for this wonderful city through creativity, collaboration, and addressing relevant needs.


when it should get started

As soon as possible. We are building the raised bed community garden this spring, and would like to have the composting units by the end of the summer 2013, should funding allow.

when it should be finished

The sustainable development of Hill City will be an ongoing project. We would like to see the raised beds and the composting units installed Spring/Summer 2013.


Posted Apr 29, 2013 at 12:31pm by Corey Ballew
Another option to provide lower start up cost for this composting project is to implement DIY small scale worm composters using 5 gallon and 3 gallon buckets donated buckets. Each bucket could be collected when full and be used directly in the garden or stored in DIY Shipping Crate Compost Bins.
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at 12:54pm by Corey Ballew
Have you planned on doing an community and educational event to support this project? You can also use Eventbrite to organize an event and raise money for each person attending. Also, connect with Meetup.com groups to suggest an event. I would suggest Farmers Market, Stringers Ridge, Chattanooga Public Library, Coolidge Park, Crab Tree Farms, and the Crash Pad. Also, I work for the Marriott at the Convention Center so I could get you an affordable room for a conference or dinner function.
Posted May 7, 2013 at 11:36am by Judith DeWitt
I sent an e-mail already, but it apparently went to the causeway office only. I have a compost container (large trash can size -probably not as large as the Earth Tub). Would you like to use it until you get another Tub, or borrow it on a semipermanent basis as an extra? My husband bought it not long before he died, and I am just too overwhelmed right now to deal with it.

Let me know via e-mail (see profile) or phone - 423-624-3282/309-4249.
Posted May 8, 2013 at 9:42pm by Jason Mitchell
Where exactly will the garden and compost container be located -- at 512 Spears?
Posted May 8, 2013 at 9:46pm by Jason Mitchell
Can individuals and families in the neighborhood donate compostable materials as well? If so, how will the word get out to neighbors and will there be easy ways for neighbors to donate their materials (e.g. recycling bins placed along Spears at intervals of several blocks one morning a week, etc.)?
Posted Jan 29 at 5:06pm by Patrice Wilcox
Posted Jan 29 at 5:12pm by Monika
Yes! Individuals families will indeed be able to participate. We'll be giving out compost buckets for interested families to bring their compost over to the unit. Once the compost unit is purchased, I'll make a flier, let the neighborhood association know, etc to get people involved!
Posted May 13, 2013 at 4:10pm by Monika
Dear Jason,
The Earth Tubs will be located in the vacant parking lot adjacent to First Calvary Baptist, on Bell Avenue. And yes! Everyone in the neighborhood can donate compostable materials! That's the whole point! It's 100% a service for the neighborhood. I'll be distributing informational fliers to all Hill City residents, and once the tubs are installed, we'll hold composting classes and distribute compost collection buckets for individual households.
Great questions!
Feel free to post anything else that might cross your mind.
Posted Jun 25, 2013 at 1:00pm by Corey Ballew
I will be donating a Garden Tower 50 planter unit with built in worm compost bin. If anyone is interested in checking it out and considering purchasing one you can get a discount on their webpage by using code: Soil Share
Please use referral link below.
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