Schmelly’s removes barriers of workplace marginalization through the meaningful work of transforming food & organic waste into healthy soil & compost.

Who we are

Our administrative/office team consists of Nico Krebill, worker/owner and Susan Sakash, operations manager.

Nico spent three years with the New Orleans Food And Farm Network building backyard gardens, before leaving in 2013 to start what would eventually become Schmelly’s. They are a board member and treasurer at Grow Dat Youth Farm, and are a founding member of the food recovery program, Community Kitchen, which serves a hot meal every Tuesday in Duncan Plaza.

Susan is a Master Composter and the co-chair of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee’s Food Business Development working group. She is also on the board at Rethink and part of the 2019-2020 cohort of the Next Economy MBA, which takes a regenerative approach to building sustainable, ethical businesses.

Meet (some of) your local dirt farmers: Nelle, Delaney, Susan, Cata, Colin, Hannah and Nico

Our hauling and delivery team also includes AJ, Cata, Colin, Delaney, Hannah, and Nelle. They are the folks you see on the truck and about town, collecting food scraps from our commercial clients and running deliveries.

Schmelly’s also partners closely with Compost N.O.W. to collect frozen residential compost from library branches across the city. Check them out if you are interested in residential compost options closest to where you live.

Our Values

Schmelly’s wears our values on our sleeve (or soil-covered pant cuff might be more apt!) As a member of the ILSR Community Composter Coalition and LifeCity, we align ourselves with the social justice and sustainability values as articulated by these two organizations. Check back soon – we will be posting these shortly!