goodfunds brought in during the month of May for goodyoga’s goodcommunity classes will benefit BK ROT – an awesome compost collection service run by local youth in Bushwick, Brooklyn. They’re doing incredibly important work on multiple levels! Read all about what they do.
We spoke with two of BK ROT’s powerful leaders …
Iyeshima / Lead Administrator and Outreach Coordinator
Dashawn / Lead Composter and Biker
What inspired you to get involved with this cause?
Iyeshima: I started farming at 14 and I got really fascinated with the idea that I can grow my own food and take control of what I feed my body. I wanted to take control of my environment and be able to share with others the importance of food accessibility. So being introduced to farming got me inspired to stay involved with the food justice movement. Being introduced to farming got me inspired to stay involved with the food justice movement. The BK ROT project creates local access to healthy soil, composting and youth employment as an extension of the food justice movement. You need access to healthy soil to grow healthy food!
Dashawn: Before applying for the position as lead composter at BK ROT, I worked with Green Guerrillas, a non-profit organization that works exclusively with community gardens in central Brooklyn. That experience prompted my interest in locally based work helping the community create a better environment. I am very interested in composting because I’m captivated by the idea that our waste can be recycled. I wanted to continue to be a part of a movement that would open the eyes of other individuals encouraging them to compost organic waste and reuse it for the benefit of the environment. Working with BK ROT offers me an opportunity to do this work year-round. Once you start helping and become a part of the change you want to see in your community, you get addicted in the service. The work we do not only helps on an environmental level, but also socially by drawing together the community so that each individual can collaborate in unity for a great cause. It is also intriguing that BK ROT is a youth-employed organization. It’s important that we have teens working alongside other teens because it is us who retain the power in making a brighter future.
What do you hope to be able to do with the goodfunds we are raising?
Iyeshima: BK ROT will use the funding to support new youth to participate in the Northeast Regional Youth Food Justice Summit taking place at the end of the month. BK ROT youth will organize and lead a composting workshop here in Bushwick teaching urban composting techniques to other youth interested in urban agriculture and sharing the BK ROT model of youth employment and home compost pick up. Since the goal of BK ROT is to be a youth led program, the goodfund will be supporting this aspect of our work as it comes to fruition. The BK ROT team thanks you in advance for your support!
Dashawn: The funds raised will support my participation in the Northeast Regional Youth Food Justice Summit at the end of the month. I will be leading a composting workshop here in Bushwick teaching urban composting techniques to other youth interested in urban agriculture and sharing the BK ROT model of youth employment and our home compost pick up service with other youth. So your donation will be supporting local youth environmental justice leadership and skill sharing immediately!
YOU can contribute by joining goodyoga’s goodcommunity classes for the rest of May.
Fridays 7:30am at Greenpoint / 8:30am at Bushwick.
Reserve your spot with a $10 online donation, or come to the studio to contribute a different amount.