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Keynote Kickoff: Exploring Food Waste with Tracie Troxler

  • Ringling College of Art and Design: Larry L. Thompson Academic Center 2363 Bradenton Road Sarasota, FL, 34234 United States (map)

Kickoff Eat Local Week 2019 "Exploring Food Waste" by learning about food waste, composting, and community with keynote speaker Tracie Troxler of Sunshine Community Compost. The engaging, informational presentation will give a broad overview of what food waste is, with examples of successful projects that inspire.

Cost: FREE, Suggested donation $10 at the door

Pre-Registration: Not required, BUT pre-register and attend for a chance to win a compost system.

About: Tracie Troxler started her career in community-based healthcare in the San Francisco Bay area. In healthcare at the time, she felt that an important link to wellness was missing, which was the connection between people and planet, so she re-shaped her path.

She went on to work for a start-up non-profit solar company that installed solar electric systems across the state of California for families living on low incomes. During her 5 years in solar she was also cultivating a passion for local food and resource conscious living which led her to take time out to learn and work with many inspired teachers who taught about ecological design and growing food. She then started a bicycle-based backyard food gardening business and began leading small and large scale event initiatives to shape community action towards resourcefulness and zero waste.

She is currently the fire and face of Sunshine Community Compost, developing partnerships and a community-engaged program for food scrap recovery and local composting in Manatee and Sarasota counties. She hopes to shed light on solutions that change the course of “waste”, which is ultimately the inequitable, global wasting of human life, health and ecosystem balance upon which we all depend. She believes that nature is our greatest teacher, that closing loops in human and natural resource cycles will reduce the impacts of climate change and greatly improve how we care for and relate to each other, all of life, and the beautiful planet Earth.

About: Sunshine Community Compost is a Florida-based non-profit organization that focuses on creating compost and recovering resources in ways that build community, local capacity and give back to the planet. Their mission is to strengthen community connections and give back to the planet through accessible education and action programs that increase local composting, resource recovery and zero waste efforts. They work to bring these programs into people's backyards, neighborhood parks, schools, and places of work, and the result is that enormous amounts of formerly perceived "wastes" are diverted from the landfill, re-purposed in meaningful ways or transformed into rich soil amendment that is full of life and nourishment for our soils and our communities.

Since their first pilot program in late 2016, we have diverted over 30,000 pounds of material from the landfill (over 15 tons) while building local fertility and reducing the impacts of pollution. Together we are stronger and together we are re-valuing and recovering precious resources that will revitalize us All.

Find out more about Tracie Troxler, Sunshine Community Compost at

Eat Local Week! This is one of 20+ events during the 2019 Eat Local Week. Check out a full list of events!

Earlier Event: November 29
Sustainable Communities Workshop