Renewable Energy & Agricultural Project
Love Thy Neighbor — AND Thy Earth
Education is a pillar of Mission Waco’s Urban REAP (Renewable Energy & Agricultural Project). Urban REAP strives to create a more sustainable future by fostering connection points to waste, water, energy and food issues. Created as a site to provide education on creation care to schools, visitors and volunteers, Urban REAP engages the community around renewable energy platforms, responsible waste disposal, water conservation and sustainable food production.
Composting is the recycling of organic matter, such as leaves, food scraps or yard waste, into a nutrient-rich product that can be added to the soil to grow bountiful crops and beautiful plants. Unfortunately, about 30% of what goes to a landfill could be composted. Urban REAP’s Composting Program provides an outlet for households to recycle organic waste instead, thus continuing the cycle of sustainability. If you would like to participate, you can use Urban REAP’s composting service for free during open hours, or subscribe to our Bucket Program for 24/7 drop off and subscriber discounts.
Urban REAP provides both grade school programming and informal workshop opportunities for students of all ages. Children, teens, and adults alike can benefit from our educational programs by learning about our planet, our natural resources, and practical skills such as gardening and composting in engaging and interactive ways. We serve McLennan County (and beyond) by creating curriculum and connection points to grapple with issues ranging from environmental stewardship and justice to how to keep your garden pest-free.
After participating in Urban REAP’s educational programs, we hope to instill a desire in the hearts of community members to start and maintain a garden of their own. Our Garden Center offers accessible, reasonably-priced gardening and composting supplies to encourage sustainability practices at home.
Urban REAP’s neighborhood of Brook Oaks, as well as McLennan County at large, has a thriving gardening community that we want to support and grow. Our Garden Center offers accessible, reasonably-priced gardening and composting supplies to encourage sustainability practices at home.
Aquaponics combines the terms aquaculture, to raise fish in a controlled environment, and ponics, Latin for “to work” to, quite literally, put fish to work. As fish eat and produce waste or ammonia, helpful bacteria convert the waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer to support plant growth. Restaurants and Jubilee Food Market purchase our aquaponics-grown produce to provide continued resources to the community.
HOW TO SUPPORT URBAN REAP
1509 N. 15th Street
Waco, TX 76707