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U.S. Composting Council. Million Tomato Compost Campaign. The Million Tomato Compost Campaign!. National campaign to introduce Americans to the value of compost by: Connecting the benefits of compost to sustainable, local food Engaging sustainable chefs

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U s composting council

U.S. Composting Council

Million Tomato

Compost Campaign

The million tomato compost campaign
The Million Tomato Compost Campaign!

  • National campaign to introduce Americans to the value of compost by:

    • Connecting the benefits of compost to sustainable, local food

    • Engaging sustainable chefs

    • Growing a million tomatoes in compost for food banks

    • Donating compost to community gardens


Our compost messages
Our Compost Messages

  • Grows healthier, bigger plants

  • Builds healthy soil

  • Replaces chemical fertilizers

  • Holds water, reduces runoff

  • Local, sustainable product

Campaign partners
Campaign Partners

  • National Chef/Spokesperson

    • Nathan Lyon

  • Local Chefs

    • Collaboration with organizations such as Chef’s Collaborative, Slow Food USA

  • Community Gardens

    • American Community Gardening Association, American Public Gardens Association

  • Food Banks

    • Ample Harvest – online matching service for gardeners + food banks

How does the campaign work
How Does the Campaign Work?

  • STA certified producers sign on to donate compost to community gardens

  • Community gardens sign up to participate in Campaign, receive donated compost

  • USCC promotes Campaign in national media and on social media

  • USCC provides members with promotional toolkit, access to network of community gardens and chefs in local markets

  • USCC members promote Campaign in local markets

  • Members share your photos, videos and stories!

Spokesperson chef nathan lyon
Spokesperson - Chef Nathan Lyon

  • Author of “Great Food Starts Fresh”

  • Chef and co-host of Growing A Greener World (PBS)

  • A Lyon in the Kitchen (Discovery Health & Fit TV)

  • Guest chef/expert on Real Simple Real Life and Home Made Simple (TLC)

  • Finalist on The Next Food Network Star

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=euqVQxa-aXs

National campaign launch march 2013
National Campaign LaunchMarch 2013

  • National media stories

    • Chef announces Million Tomato Compost Campaign - compost grows healthy food

    • Challenge gardens to sign on to the Million Tomato Compost Campaign

    • Urge gardeners to look for STA-certified compost to build healthy soil

    • Kids plant tomatoes in compost

  • Compost donations tracked & celebrated on compostingcouncil.org

  • Social media outreach

  • Million tomato campaign continues march 2013 june 2013
    Million Tomato Campaign ContinuesMarch 2013-June 2013

    • Promotional toolkit provided to local partners

    • Network of chefs available to participate in local events at community gardens

    • Network of community gardens

    • Local partners post photos of planting, donation, gardens and kids!

    • Engagement with all local sites via social media, photo and videos

    Million tomato campaign culmination july 2013
    Million Tomato Campaign CulminationJuly 2013

    • National media stories

      • Stories on national TV morning show & in print media

      • Chef appears on morning show to announce the million tomatoes, amount of compost donated

      • Kids bring tomatoes on the show, destined for food banks

      • Describe how compost builds healthy soil, which grows great tomatoes

    • Local media stories

      • Highlight compost donations, gardens

      • Emphasizes community involvement in sustainably growing local food with compost

    • Social media

    Tracking success
    Tracking success

    • Media stories

    • Social media impressions

    • Number of tomatoes grown

    • Number of tomatoes donated to food banks

    • Number of community gardens participating

    • Quantity of compost donated

    2013 timeline
    2013 Timeline

    Launch Campaign

    Stories in national media

    Local events begin

    Push out campaign through social media

    Continuing engagement on social media

    Local partners promote via local media

    Local partners promote via local media

    Continuing engagement on social media

    Local partners promote via local media

    Continuing engagement on social media

    Campaign culmination

    Push out campaign through social media

    Stories in national & local media






    How to participate in the campaign
    How to Participate in the Campaign

    • Use the Campaign logo and web button

    • Issue a press release about the Million Tomato Compost Campaign, your participation, and the benefits of compost

    • Promote the campaign through social media

      • Re-tweet & post USCC Facebook messages, and those of chefs, campaign partners, other USCC members, and media stories

  • Set up a cooking demonstration at your local community garden

  • Promote the Million Tomato Compost Campaign at your retail location through signage, a compost giveaway, a compost use demonstration, a speaker, or other special event

  • Hold a public planting event at your local community garden and invite the media

  • Uscc member marketing kit
    USCC Member Marketing Kit

    • Template press releases announcing Million Tomato Compost Campaign

    • Fact sheet about Campaign and STA-certified compost

    • Campaign logo and tagline

    • USCC website

    • Million Tomato Compost Campaign web button linking to campaign site

    • Tips for growing in compost

    • Chef-authored recipes for healthy kid-friendly food grown in compost