Schmelly’s Dirt Farm

The Pitch

Schmelly’s Dirt Farm is a compost collection & processing company that transforms food and organic waste into compost and healthy soil while removing barriers of workplace marginalization and offering Greater New Orleans an alternative to the landfill.

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Susan Sakash & Nicola Krebill

Susan Sakash & Nicola Krebill

The Entrepreneur

Susan Sakash is Schmelly’s operations manager. 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 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.

Nicola Krebill is a worker and owner of Schmelly’s. Nicola 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.


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