ISSUE 94  |  Change in the Weather

Compost Like a Pro: Maven Bins Made in Vermont

October 23, 2013 7:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Holly Rae Taylor was working at Vermont’s largest compost facility when she decided to design her own compost bin in her backyard. “I like being an active participant in the composting process,” says Taylor, “like a cook in a kitchen.”

Taylor has designed the bins along with two female friends: a carpenter and a saw mill worker. Made from galvanized metal hardware and sustainably harvested Eastern White Cedar, a naturally rot-resistant material, the Maven Bins are animal proof, so you can throw in everything from meat to dairy and oil. Kiosk co-owner Alisa Grifo, who stocks the bins at her New York shop and online, recommends having two bins: one that is active and one that is dormant, supplying the stock.

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Above: The Maven Compost Bin measures 26-inches in height, width, and depth and is $150 from Kiosk.

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Above: With a lid opening at the top for turning compost with a pitchfork, the bin arrives flat-packed with assembly instructions (and information on composting straight from Taylor).

Dedicated to compost? See our posts: Composting Indoors or Out and DIY: Bookshelf Compost Farm.

N.B. This is a rerun of a post that originally published on February 20, 2013.