Australia has joined the celebrations of Compost Week this year with a host of events organized by the country’s national and local composting champions. Spearheaded by CORE (Centre for Organic & Resource Enterprises), Compost Australia, Organic Recyclers, WSN Environmental Solutions and the Department of Environment and Conservation of New South Wales, the week’s events included compost sampling at local community gardens, facility tours for environmental educators, the annual general meeting of Compost Australia as well as special events at the Canadian Consulate, who proudly helped to introduce the “made-in-Canada” promotion to Australia.
The many harvests of this year’s gardening season are starting to come in and are helping to support “Plant a Row — Grow a Row” and the hampers of food agencies across Canada. Launched nationally in Year 2000 through the combined forces of the Canadian Association of Food Banks, the Garden Writers Association and The Composting Council of Canada, the program hopes to realize over one million pounds of fresh produce donations this year.
For more information of this kind, visit www.solidwastemag.com and click on the new “Compost & Organics Recovery News” banner. See announcement on page 15 for further details about this new service from Solid Waste & Recycling magazine and The Composting Council of Canada.
Emerging Greatness: The whereabouts of this growing pumpkin is a closely guarded secret but it’s just one of the many entries in this year’s COMPOST GIANTS, the great pumpkin-growing contest promoted by The Composting Council of Canada and its many sponsors, including Miller Compost, All Treat Farms and Solid Waste & Recycling magazine. From now until the contest’s October 1 deadline, this little baby has to pack on many, many kilograms to become the national giant. But it’s receiving lots of TLC (Tender-loving-Compost) and its future looks bright.