Trevor Van Hemert runs Pedal to Petal a company that picks up food scraps from all over the city of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Pedal To Petal is a permaculture-based collective of bicycle loving food security activists who are taking direct action to reduce carbon emissions and landfill waste and to feed the soil and the city’s hungry.
They do all their pick up and transport via the use of bicycles with zero use of any fossil fuels. The finished compost is used to grow food in the same city where the components are collected and the compost is produced making Pedal to Petal a truly local business.
While most people would tend to expect Pedal to Petal to be a non profit business it is actually a very successful for profit enterprise proving that a business can be successful, profitable and still have a soul and a noble purpose.
Join us today as we discuss…
- What is Pedal to Petal and what makes it unique
- The importance of building a “transition business” in modern times
- How Pedal to Petal is able to successfully compete with larger competitors
- Why/how the Amish business model has a 99% success rate
- Why you may want to cap the growth of a business
- The concept of “spin farming”
- What is a compost host
- How yard and food wastes can be profitable
- Why it is better to charge to pick up waste then for finished compost
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- ShelfReliance.com – (sponsor of the day)
- The Berkey Guy – (sponsor of the day)
- Trevor’s Links
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