2023 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 16-18, 2023 | St.Louis, MO

Kenneth L Moss Jr.

Lead Youth Composter

Baltimore Compost Collective


Kenneth L Moss Jr. has been employed with the Baltimore Compost Collective for 4 years. He is a long time resident of south Baltimore Brooklyn/Curtis Bay Community. When Kenneth lost his father(who loved to cook) it sparked an interest in Kenneth knowledge of food sustainability, so he decided to grow his own tomato plant at the age of six at Filbert Street Garden. He attended various environmental opportunities in his community. such as Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center where he took nature walks, bird watching skills and learning to fish. Kenneth has kept busy most of his life being a part of different non-profits like Code-It-Here, where he learned coding, JavaScript, and the importance of teamwork. At the age of twelve he attended Green Street Academy in Baltimore for middle school, where he learned about environmental sustainability, climate change, and agriculture. Kenneth has been involved in his community, he was a scholar at Greater Baltimore Urban Leadership Program. Employed with B`More Beautiful where he picked up litter in his community. Since the age of fourteen Kenneth has obtained various positions with YouthWorks in Baltimore. He has established a career as a youth composter with the Baltimore Compost Collective(BCC) where he engages in public speaking about its importance. Environmental justice is important in this community because there is pollution creating 55 millions worth of health damages in my community. Kenneth has been with BCC since he was fifteen, and has used this experience to propel his other pursuits. Having the ability to share the impacts of the incinerator, and educating other youth and residents of the community on alternatives have had a strong impact on Kenneth. After giving Councilman Zeke Cohen a tour of the Filbert Street Garden, Kenneth landed an internship with the Councilman. Kenneth attended New Generation Scholars(NGS) founded by Sharayna Christmas, and cofounder Bashi Rose,  learning about the African Diaspora through the arts of photography, dance, music, and literature. Had and opportunity to travel with this program to St. Croix in the US Virgin Island. Visiting the mountains, where the maroon people hiked and migrated on. He attended Youth Perspective Baltimore Photography Camp founded by Kyle Pompey, where he learned to take pictures that helped him boost his excellence with his business Kenny Captures LLC. Kenneth had his first gallery showing of his photography during a BCC fundraiser event. Kenneth graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School with a 3.0 GPA.


Thursday, May 18th

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Mainstage Session | The Future is Now: The Power of Indomitable Youth to Spark Action

Youth are the greatest agents of change in a society. When mobilized and empowered, youth are the generation of environmental stewards driving forward a nutritious, sustainable, resilient, and inclusive food system. Yet too often, youth are regarded as recipients and are underrepresented or excluded from decisions that impact their future. And, are the generation most impacted by our present (in)actions. Recognizing their agency means recognizing that this younger generation are heterogeneous societal actors in their own right and with their own values that we can learn from. If they are to inherit our food system, it is essential to develop systems, policies, and enabling environments now that provide spaces and mechanisms to stimulate their participation. In this session you will hear from youth who are paddling the oars of innovation, be inspired by their triumphs, and explore how we can further unleash their potential to thrive in a livable climate. 

Ongoing Creative Sessions


Film Screening - Compost Fever!

Directed by Kenneth Moss, Youth Lead Composter for the Baltimore Compost Collective Program, the short film titled Compost Fever!, depicts the life of two dedicated composters in the fight for environmental justice in an attempt to starve the incinerator and feed the soil and feed the community.

Kenneth decided to produce this short film because his community in Baltimore has the highest pollution rate in the country, and is taking the initiative to let more people know about their fight for environmental justice by spreading Compost Fever through the variant of education - putting a stop to these incinerators so that "we all can breathe clean air."

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