Composting is the transformation of vegetable waste into a highly fertile soil that improves the structure and the fertility of the soil in which it is buried.

To make compost, we collect organic waste, from the kitchen and the garden, if they are small enough. We can also add some paper, cardboard, or paper towels if they do not have a trace of glue or ink.

In a few months, the different elements will decompose by natural aging, fermentation and also by digestion by the small bugs of the soil (earthworms, centipedes, clopores). These elements are compacted, reduced and become like fine soil, with a characteristic odor, which can be used to increase the fertility of the soil.

Related to the compost :

The Vermicompost

The Keyhole

Creating a Household Compost

Children from the Villiot day nursery compost their vegetable waste in the Traversine-Villiot garden

 Every Wednesday and Friday morning, children from the Villiot collective crèche spend an hour in the Traversine-Villiot garden. The children come with some vegetable waste from the crèche kitchen and put it in our compost, along with dead leaves collected … Read More

Vermicomposting workshop with the children of the primary schools and the kindergarten of Bercy, Paris

Designing Hope and the kindergarten of Bercy received  from the City hall of Paris 2 vermicomposters with the compost worms. We installed a worm bin with the children of the Bercy primary schools and another worm bin with the children … Read More

The children of the Villiot collective crèche compost their vegetable waste and water the Traversine-Villiot garden, Paris

Every Wednesday and Friday morning, the children of the Villiot collective crèche spend an hour in the Traversine-Villiot garden. The children come with some vegetable waste from the nursery kitchen and put it in our compost. Even though the plants … Read More

Collecting compost for the Garden of Skills, Eswatini

In order to fertilize the new planting beds set up each week in the Garden of Skills, the women of Fundzisa Live, accompanied by men from the community of Malanti, went to the logging area on the outskirts of Piggs … Read More

Compost with the Bercy preschool, Paris

As every Wednesday morning, the team of Designing Hope animates a compost activity with the Bercy preschool children. Two by two, the children cut fruit and vegetable peelings into small pieces and place them in the compost bins. From time … Read More

Compost with the Lauris preschool at the Grand Potager

The Lauris preschool children discovered the principle of the compost in the Grand Potager of the Domaine de Fontenille. The children took turns cutting fruit and vegetable peelings into small pieces and throwing them into the compost. This activity allows … Read More

Compost training in the Yagma garden with the women of the neighbourhood, Burkina Faso

For the first training session financed by The Ivory Foundation, the agroforestry technician working in the Yagma garden made compost with the women of the neighbourhood. The principle consists of digging a 3 by 1 meter bed to a depth … Read More

Composting activity with the students of the Bercy nursery school

Peels, dead leaves, more peels and more dead leaves… One layer after another, our compost is built like a lasagna dish. The children were delighted to get their hands dirty to make it !

Introduction to composting and observation of the compost’s useful insects

In front of the Grand Potager’s compost, the students from Lauris’ nursery school learned how to sort their waste. Plastic ? In the recycling bin ! Leftover chicken ? In the garbage can ! Vegetable peel ? In the compost … Read More

Making a mini-compost

During school time activities, we decided to make a mini-composter with the children of Bercy School. For the production of our mini-compost, we needed different materials. We used as a container half of a plastic bottle. Then for the filling … Read More

Virtuous circle of waste

Thanks to Biocoop Aligre, for this virtuous circle of waste, source of life in our garden of Traversine …

A garden powered by the neighborhood

All those unmarketable vegetables that are starting to rot will delight the earthworms of the garden…

The secret of a good compost

Leaves from the schoolyard + peelings and decomposed vegetables = Nitrogenous matter + carbonaceous matter … The secret of a good compost, 100% local

Traversine – Compost

La Traversine develops a short circuit compost … The composter of La Traversine is preparing to digest the harvest of dead leaves from the past winter! We organized the composter in 2 bins, one stock the brown leaves collected from … Read More

A pedagogical composter

At La Traversine, a demonstration compost bin was designed to show children the evolution of the decomposition process. We fill the tank by the left, mixing leftovers, peelings (nitrogenous matter) with the dead leaves recovered from the courtyard. Then, when … Read More

The leaves of the yard

It’s autumn, not the greenest season for Traversine, but the opportunity to prepare biomass for spring! Every day, the staff of the 3 establishments (kindergarten, elementary and college), sweep the schoolyard to clear the dead leaves. Nothing was planned to … Read More

Preparation of compost beds

The first step in the launch of the Koudougou garden is the preparation of the compost beds. Two trenches 7m long and 1m wide, 20cm deep were dug. The first trench is used for the creation of the compost bed, … Read More

Grand Potager – Setting up the composting area

A composting area of 20 meters long has been set up on the Grand Potager, in order to upgrade green waste and create compartments for the storage of elements in different stages of maturation, as well as to allow them … Read More

Implementing compost at Yagma

The implementation of the activities linked to the project of creating an agro-forestry garden at Lycée Sainte Marie de Yagma in the outskirts of Ouagadougou, started with the support of The Ivory Foundation in March 2017. APAF Burkina, the local … Read More