Compost Crusader & The Steel Farmer are 2 small businesses sharing a warehouse space. Compost Crusader is an organics hauling company that diverts food scraps from businesses and residents. The Steel Farmer is a small metal fabrication shop that utilizes older fabrication equipment to make utilitarian and decorative metal structures. Matthew Scannella, owner of Steel Farmer, can have his work seen in many local restaurants like Movida, Yokohama, and Transfer Pizza’s new edition.
This guided tour will talk about some of the equipment used for those projects and what it is like to buy and sell functioning fabrication equipment from an era forgotten. You will also see compost trucks, a worm bin, and finished compost from Compost Crusader’s partners at Blue Ribbon Organics in Caldonia.
The building’s past owner was also a machine shop that worked with Caterpillar and Harley Davidson. He made screws for their engines. In his late 70’s, the previous owner had occupied the building for over 30 years and at one point employed over 40 people.
There will be live painting on Sunday, Sept 23 with Milwaukee artist Renee Bebeau. Renee Bebeau (luna) is a curator, instructor and multi-faceted artist who lives and works in Milwaukee. Her work spans from painting in all different
mediums to applying henna on skin. As a gardener and compost nerd, she is very inspired by everything that grows. She has been keeping her food scraps in a glass vessel which has sparked a series of compost paintings from observing the beautiful and colorful compositions it shows through the glass. She shares a studio in the Nut Factory with her artist husband, Todd Mrozinski in Riverwest.