What We Do


To engage the community in caring for the Earth by participating in the simple process of composting.

Service – How it works

Whether you live in a condo, apartment or own your own home we make it easy for you. You determine the location* (ex. side of the house, near garage, front porch) and can choose a collection schedule that is affordable for you. This is not your standard curbside collection service.

*Please select a safe and accessible location that works best for all seasons.

  1. Fill your bucket with food scraps. Your bucket is collected and a clean bucket is left behind.
  2. Your food waste is composted in 4x4x3 foot wooden bins located on a local farm. Once the food waste has been composted down, it is taken to the worm farm where the composting worms turn it into vermicompost.
  3. After using my service for 6 months, you are entitled to some incredible vermicompost. For every 70 lbs. of organics picked up, you’ll receive 5 lbs. of finished vermicompost.
Vermicompost is distributed in the Spring.


Joanne Tooley is a Permaculturist and Vermiculturist.

Joanne Her philosophy is simple: “Take care of the Earth and the Earth will take care of you.”

She bases her business on the 3 ethics of Permaculture:

  • Care for the Earth
  • Care for the People
  • Share the Bounty

In 2008, Joanne became aware of how wasteful, unhealthy and unsustainable the current food system model is in the U.S. It turned her away from purchasing industrial produced foods to supporting the organic food movement and shopping locally. She also grows her own food at one of Madison’s community gardens.

In 2010 she received her Permacutlure Design Certificate which changed much of how she saw the environment and the earth. She learned that composing organic waste is the simplest and one of the most basic ways to help create a more sustainable food system. She became a Master Composter in 2011 and owns and manages a small worm farm in Lodi, WI.

The local food movement has made great progress in the distribution of organic foods produced from healthy soils into our local markets, however; there is a weak mechanism or no mechanism in place when it comes to recycling our food waste back to the earth to complete the cycle. Right now this potential resource is mixed with the trash and dumped into the landfill – entombed forever!

Earth Stew Composting Services is the mechanism that allows individuals and businesses an easy and affordable way to participate when composting for themselves is not an viable option.

Certifications: Master Composter – Midwest Extension Compost School – USZWBC Business Associate