Credit: Nance Klehm

Nance Klehm, the Ground Rules

During the last year and a half, ecological systems designer, landscaper, horticultural consultant, permacultural grower, and forager Nance Klehm has undertaken an ambitious composting and bioremediation project called the Ground Rules. Each week her group collects some 1,000 gallons’ worth of food waste from local businesses like Owen & Alchemy, Asado Coffee Roasters, Avec, and Cellar Door Provisions and transports it to soil centers in community gardens in Logan Square, Garfield Park, North Lawndale, and Bridgeport, where it’s composted in giant wooden bins. The compost is then applied to the gardens and used in a soil remediation project in a large lot in Humboldt Park. Each bin can generate eight to 16 cubic yards of healthy soil and compost twice per season. And thanks to the proceeds from a recent Indiegogo campaign that raised more than $15,000, there’s going to be a lot more good dirt to go around.