Together we are
 reconnecting to the Planet, our communities, and ourselves.

37,500 lbs of food scraps diverted from local landfills

Spaces Available in Manatee  County FREE Community Compost Project: REGISTER HERE!

Thank you for your support!

About Sunshine Community Compost

We are 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. Our 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. We teach new skills and ideas and rely on strong collaborations to develop our programs. We are able 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.

We work with local residents, schools, college-based student groups, neighborhood associations, local government and small to medium size businesses to create responsive, collaborative and community-engaged solutions to composting and resource recovery.

Since our first pilot program in late 2016, we have diverted over 37,500 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. 

Community composting and local resource recovery are growing movements that help support local self-reliance, urban agriculture, local abundance and reciprocity with the Earth. Learn more from our resources page and by signing up to receive our newsletter. Thank you and happy community composting!


Sunshine Community Compost is mission-focused and is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 



Tracie Troxler


Upcoming Classes RSVP:

Jan. 18

Creating your own community of composters at work, school or in your neighborhood: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Selby Library Sarasota. RSVP required with 7 registrations needed to hold the class. 


Details: This class will cover the high level how-tos and benefits of composting and reducing food waste followed by program examples, tips and tools to help you begin developing your own community concept. $10 donations encouraged, but doors are open to all.

Feb. 24 - Endless Oceans Lifelong Learning Series - Mote Marine - Session 3 - Feeding the World: Aquaculture & the Scourge of Food Waste 

Volunteer Shifts

3rd Sat. of Month

Monthly compost work/playday to refresh our community compost sites. Includes mulching, painting, sifting compost, cleaning buckets, building sifters and building community! 8:30-10:30 a.m. Location offered after registering here with specific details one week in advance.

Jan. 17 - Gillespie Park

compost sift 4-5 p.m. and compost give away 5-6 p.m.

Jan. 25 -  Mangrove School Mermaid Faire -Zero Waste Mermaids

 needed to host zero waste stations for 3 hour shifts during kid and

sea-themed activity Faire. Shifts available 12-7p.m. 

Jan. 27 - North Water Tower Park

compost sift 4-5 p.m. and compost give away 5-6 p.m.

Jan. 30 - Arlington Park

compost sift 4-5 p.m. and compost give away 5-6 p.m.

© 2017 All photos by Tracie Troxler