Written & Photographed by Terri-Lynn Pellegri
Life can surprise you. If you are open and available to see something differently, you can bring a new idea in. If welcomed in, and experienced, it may even evoke JOY!
I LOVE COMPOST… That’s right. For those of us that do, we are celebrating - International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) May 1-7, 2022.
This year’s theme is... Recipe for Regeneration: COMPOST. ICAW USA gives us a simple and quick explanation of what it is all about. “This year’s theme highlights the important role compost can play in turning nutrient-starved dirt into rich, healthy soil where our fruits and vegetables can grow and thrive. Just as a chef pulls together the best ingredients to create the perfect recipe, the 2022 theme, Recipe for Regeneration: COMPOST focuses on the crucial role recycling our food scraps and yard trimmings plays by creating compost, which when added to our soil results in a recipe that makes our food more nutritious, the air we breathe cleaner and our climate healthier overall.”
Food waste, allowed to decompose properly, is energy. And that energy has also fed my creativity. In a moment of pure bliss my passion for photography met my passion for backyard composting which resulted in a collection of photographs called LOVE COMPOST. Developing since 2016, and first presented in 2019, LOVE COMPOST has been exhibited at Uncommon Grounds, Four Seasons Cafe, included as a featured installation at SPAC’s Saratoga Wine and Food Festival 2019, and most recently at the NYS Organics Summit 2022 in Albany.
May 5-7, LOVE COMPOST will make an appearance at Lifestyles located at 436 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Lifestyles will be hosting an Eileen Fisher event, at which a selection of gallery wrapped LOVE COMPOST images will be on display. Eileen Fisher’s sustainable clothing brand is responsible by design, the fibers are sourced from organic farmers, and fair-trade methods are used to improve those communities where the garments are made. They adhere to a no waste policy, “Where others see waste, we see possibility.” Using sustainable materials and envisioning a future world without waste is at the core of their business. Lifestyles’ owner Heidi Owen West is deliberate in choosing brands that are earth conscious and give back, a practice in line with how she gives back to her community.
For details about the Eileen Fisher event at Lifestyles, please go to www.lifestylesofsaratoga.com
For more information about LOVE COMPOST visit www.terri-lynnpellegriphotography.com
There are many resources to learn about composting, organic recycling, and sustainability Including Sustainable Saratoga (www.sustainablesaratoga.org) and US Composting Council (www.compostingcoumcil.org).