Comment on the City's Zero Waste Plan

There is still time! Go to and fill out the survey and give the City your ideas and encouragement about how to get to Zero Waste NOW!

When I started the Buttercup I set a personal goal to reduce, reuse, compost, and incentivize customers to bring in their own containers and cups for takeout. Our dumpster used to be four times bigger and emptied twice a week. Now our recycling bin is that size and our garbage bin shrank to the size of a large trash can that is picked up just once a week. 

Compost has been a challenge. Different groups and individuals have picked it up once a week or every two weeks, but our most recent vender lost his lease and had to quit. It's good stuff! Mostly organic kitchen scraps, great for backyard chickens, and separated coffee grounds which make a nice top dressing in the garden and around shrubs. Call us if you want to reserve a bucket. 

Long term, we want a reliable Zero Waste solution especially for takeout containers which could easily be digested in the City's new digester they bought when they purchased Eko Compost. They need to hear from you NOW to make it a priority. 

Growing up on the edge of Buttercup's Dairy Farm, I learned to a lot about recycling, composting, waste. We had no garbage service. A lot of stuff was taken apart and saved for spare parts, compost was fed to a tenant farmer's pigs, and the rest would go to the dump. I loved going there with my Dad because there was this whole other world full of treasure and the Garbage Pickers, a group of mostly women who scavenged for things that could be fixed up and reused, scrap metal, or fuel. But too much garbage ended up there like disposable diapers and plastics that let off dangerous gases. The Pickers disappeared and everything went into the landfill. Truly what a waste.

Support the City's commitment and comment in favor of expanding the use of the Eko digester to include food waste and compostable takeout materials. 

One more thing, in your comments can you ask for the name to be changed: Eco instead of Eko? Please?? And Thank You !!!

Yes, The Buttercup is for sale.

Why? I'm exhausted! and old!! And I want most of all to sell to Ian Finch, the chef at the Buttercup. He is brilliant, talented, young and full of energy and ideas. He'll pick up where I leave off and then add to it in ways that will make it even better. 

My mother used to tell me it is important to leave the party while you are still having a good time. I am, but I know it is time to let go.

I started the Buttercup because I had watched a series of business flounder after Freddy's Feed and Read closed in 1998. We bought our house just 3 blocks away in part because we loved Freddy's so much. I never set out to duplicate Freddy's. After all, the bathroom located in the basement was right out of Silence of the Lambs. But I did want to make it community-centric, a town and gown place to gather and eat great food from the best of local ingredients I could buy, barter, or grow. No Greenwashing! No commodity foods!! No Corn Syrup and vegetables grown in the other hemisphere.

It took 11 months to open, and our 6th birthday will be March 8. In the 7 years I've been at it, we changed the zoning to allow a cook-to-order menu, and watched the enrollment at the University of Montana plummet.  Through it all the Buttercup exceeded my expectations; not necessarily financially, but by bringing diverse groups, diverse ages together to be nourished by Ian's good food and the sense of community we tried always to nurture at the Buttercup.   

So now I want to let Ian or someone else have a turn. He needs investors, angel or otherwise. Interested?