About Us

NewTerra Compost was founded on the idea that composting is a local solution to a global problem. We saw that food residuals were a significant portion of our personal waste at home and when we looked around we found that we were not unique. Wanting to be part of the solution, we started learning more about better ways to handle food residuals and how we could make a solution available to more people. Our goal is to keep organic material out of landfills and create a new soil that will continue to feed the community and keep the world healthy for the next generation. 

The Team

Normand Lavoie

Norm grew up with a passion for being outdoors. From an early age he enjoyed mountain biking, hiking, and skiing. He spent the first part of his adult life serving as an Engineer Officer in the United States Army, on both active duty and in the Tennessee National Guard. After leaving active duty, a manufacturing job brought him to Chattanooga where he fell in love with his wife and the area. He worked in multiple positions in operations and maintenance. He now shares his passion for the outdoors with his young son and can be found mountain biking in his free time. 

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Michael Ryan

Michael grew up on a farm in Dade County where he showed livestock in 4-H. He started his restaurant career in Chattanooga when he was 20 years old and worked in the industry as a manager for 11 years. Since 2013 he has been selling foodservice disposables and janitorial supplies for a local distributor called Jacobs Paper. Michael has always had a passion for small business and entrepreneurship. He is a husband and a father of two young boys. Michael loves to run and in his spare time you can find him running trails around the area. 

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