Project Description

Michael Martinez, the Founder and Executive Director of L.A. Compost, is a certified Master Gardener and a former elementary school teacher.

The vision for a community-wide ecosystem of compost hubs throughout Los Angeles began when Michael was teaching fifth grade and running his school’s first edible garden. Today, L.A. Compost manages 10 community compost hubs in the city of Los Angeles and educates children and adults about composting through workshops, workdays, after school programs, and events. Michael believes that the soil is the heartbeat of our food system, and L.A. Compost is working to create a strategic program that will keep food waste out of landfills, provide quality soil to local growers, and educate communities about completing the farm to table to soil circle.