MorganMorgan Coffinger is a food waste recycling consultant and eco-entrepreneur, who is passionate about empowering others to radically reduce waste, heal our precious soil, and grow our local food production. Morgan graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Affairs, and embraced the power of global grassroots movements as a monumental force for healing our fractured food systems and societies. So after a short stint working hard for the Southwest Conservation Corps in Colorado living in nature and preserving trails, she moved to Maui to become a farmer. While working on a small family farm, she discovered a Japanese style of composting, known internationally as Bokashi composting, which changed her forever. In her eyes, Bokashi composting is a powerful solution to recycle large amounts of food waste, quickly, without the need of water, back into the soil to produce nutrient-dense food for ourselves and others.

Morgan Veggie PicAfter joining forces with Maui Bokashi on Maui, she helped compost musician, Jack Johnson’s food waste backstage, toured the island building gardens and teaching children, and ultimately returned to her desert home, Arizona, to boost the movement there.

At 26, she started her own business, Bokashi Evolution, selling indoor compost kits and handcrafted Bokashi compost accelerator. She has given numerous workshops at schools, universities, festivals, businesses, farmers markets, and has even spoken at Ignite Phoenix in 2014 with her presentation, “My Microbes Bring All the Boys to the Yard” where she reflects on how understanding soil health can lead to a higher consciousness.

In February 2015, Morgan travelled to New Zealand to shoot a documentary about the food waste recycling movement and how the Waste Minimization Act of 2008 made New Zealand the first country in the world to support a zero-waste policy. Her film is projected to be finished by 2016, titled, “Compost Evolved.”

Morgan is a radical food movement revolutionary, devoted to empowering others to heal themselves by healing our soil, and currently resides in Park City, Utah.

4 Comments
  1. Christy Pierce

    Hi Morgan,
    I watch all kinds of informative videos, and I found yours on bokashi and it inspired me.
    I want to help change the world and I have a ton of ideas, some of which you have helped to inspire.
    I had started getting into permiculture and wanted a huge change in my life recently and I manifested a great big change where I was let go in a reduction with a decent severence. I feel this big change and I’d thought about seriously moving to Kauai a year ago, and so I thought I was set until I learned about WOOFing from your interview. Since that time I have decided that I also want to travel and learn permiculture – eventually developing a property in TN.
    My life is literally at a brand new beginning and I have to take a chance.
    I did reach out to you on some social media in the past and hopefully my enthusiasm did not make me sound like a creeper…
    But I’m here locally for another month or so before I sell the house and take a leap of faith and I was wondering if I could ask some advice and hopefully purchase some bokashi kits.
    With the sale of the house, I want to take $1000 and invest it in what I’ll call a “domino.”
    Each domino is capable of knocking over one 1 and 1/2 times it’s size, building… I think education and information is the key to making long-term changes, so I want to offer a bucket and mix to each house, explaining what it is and that they most certainly can change the world with this bucket. I’m hoping the young kids will take to it and live it for the rest of their lives. I also want to talk to waste management to see if after doing this for 3 months, the averages will have reduced significantly. If so, I wondered how hard it would be to get a reduction in waste cost for living in a sub division that rewards the population for helping the earth…

    There’s also an really cool idea I had regarding capturing a large volume, and I’d like to talk that opportunity with you as well. I think it could be so amazing for local, organic farmers…

    Anyway, I know this was long, but I hoped to give you an understanding that I’m serious about changing the world too 🙂

    My new home email is FlowWithMe@outlook.com and my phone is 219-617-2827. (I kept my number from IN)

    I hope to hear back and please let me know your kit prices and if there could be a discount for buying larger quantities.

    Shoot, I just saw that you’re in Utah now… but it’s all still relevant except for maybe face to face discussion, haha 🙂

    Thanks so much!
    Christine Pierce

  2. Christy Pierce

    To clarify, the dominoes that are being knocked over get bigger and bigger

  3. Daniela Crabb

    Hi Morgan – I am a school mentor for FIRST Lego League at a local school in Phoenix. Every year they have a project to complete and need to contact an expert in the field. If you would take a moment to read and respond to their email that would be terrific. Also – would there be a possibility for a group of 9 students to visit the farm?

    Since this is a public forum, I left the name of the local school out of our letter, as well as the students whole name. If you are able to email me privately I can give you more details out of the public forum.

    Thank you for your time!
    Daniela Crabb

    Dear Morgan,
    My name is Daniela, and I am a student in the Phoenix area. I am involved in a school club called FIRST Lego League. Every year we have a project to complete. This year our project is called Trash Trek. We have to take something we would normally throw away and repurpose it.
    We decided to work with pencil shavings and researched what could be done with them. It’s something student’s throw away by the bag load every day. We read on-line that they can be used as brown matter in composting.
    I am wondering if you think it would be beneficial to use pencil shaving in compost?
    We have a competition coming up in early December. We would love to hear any input you have for us as soon as possible. Thank you for your time.

    Sincerely,

    Daniela V.
    FIRST Lego League Student

  4. David Weiner

    Hi Morgan,
    An associate and I work for a food distribution company in upstate New York, and we have set up a small scale aquaponics system with the intention of scaling up for the purpose of distribution. One of the key factors to our system is fertile, nutrient rich composting. We have taken a workshop on aerobic composting but have realized that getting enough Nitrogen sources is difficult. We do have access to a lot of food waste and wood chips and we have begun researching the bokashi method of composting. We understand that you have experience in this method and would like to have a conversation with you over the phone to ask some questions. Please email me back if this is agreeable to you.
    Thank You for your time,
    David Weiner
    Joe Mastrioanni

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