About Compost In Place

Compost In Place is a project to transform our dry, underutilized public dirt into fertile soil for growing functional and edible plants.

It starts with the installation of a “CIP,” a temporary biodigester that receives biowaste and biochar.

Learn about biochar!

About CIPs

A CIP (pronounced “sip,” “kip,” or “see eye pee”) is a bottomless vessel for biodegrading biowaste and inoculating biochar to produce fertile soil.

How to Use a CIP

We chart the locations of CIPs and their nearby plantlife on Leela Maps.

Make your own CIP

“Is biowaste safe to use on plants that we eat?”

The Compost In Place units are amended with biochar to expedite and improve the decomposition of biowaste. There are numerous examples of biowaste used on human-consumed plants: manure from animal product facilities used on farms, EBMUD’s and various munipalities’ processed biosolids sold as fertilizer, and indigenous Amazonian production of soil in the Amazon rainforest.

We are proudly funded by CollectiVest!