Tamara Hastie
Tamara Hastie Artist & Photographer

A simple blog containing photography, videos, and creative media by Tamara Hastie.

A simple blog containing photography, videos, and creative media by Tamara Hastie of rock climbing, portraits, HD video, and other various forms of mixed media.

Sustainability and your community....


It is why I am here in Flagstaff. 

   I overheard Matt Laessig one day at the local climbing area that he was leaving his job at the local university to follow his passion. He wanted to give his full undivided attention into a business partnership, Roots Composting, LLC that he started with two others in 2013. As always I am curious about what business ideas and concepts my peers come up with, so I grilled him while he was belaying his partner on a climb. Maybe not the best time, but I am opportunistic. 

   Matt, aka Muddy, spoke up uncoerced about composting, waste management, and his passions regarding the relationship between local and global economics, and his Flagstaff community. His words percolated with strategic keywords that were mentioned by Douglas Greyton during one of his talks I attended this past spring in Santa Maria, California. The one word that stuck in my brain was the simplest of them all (or so it seemed at the time): sustainability. 


Sustainability  (adjective) sus·tain·able \sə-ˈstā-nə-bəl\


: able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed

: involving methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources

: able to last or continue for a long time

   Douglas Gayeton is a genius because he created a forum for individuals to establish their own values in considering what is sustainability to them and their families? What is sustainability to us? to our neighbors? to our country? or the world? It can differ vastly from one household to another. 

We need to personally define what our own meaning is for sustainability. 


    For Matt, it is giving our Flagstaff community, businesses, and residences the  opportunity to  access sustainable waste management practices. " We are proud to be part of the growing trend towards sustainable foods, sustainable waste management, sustainable communities, and sustainable economies," says Matt. "Our mission is to provide the Flagstaff community with a high-quality source of local compost, extend landfill life and support regional agriculture while shifting our community thought and behavior around the concept of "waste.""


    The next time you pack your bag and head out to the climbing area, get conversational, talk to your community, get curious. Are your ideas of sustainability the same or different the ones you climb or hike with? 

    For me, I need an aware and informed community. Roots Composting, LLC and Matt's efforts are in line with my views on how I want to live my life, sustainably. They are part of many reasons why I choose Flagstaff as my home and community.

 Link to Roots Composting, LLC HERE: www.rootscomposting.com


“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”

                                      -Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture