After 1 year, 6 months and 26 days, the Community Compost Drop-off tent returned to the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. However, the drop-off bins and the collection of compostable food waste and other organic products never disappeared. The project’s loyal customers continued to bring their deposits to the bin location near Warren St by the Turner pavilion in Harrisonburg. In fact, over that time span about 43 tons of compostables have been collected; more than any equivalent period in the past.
The next visit to a Saturday Farmers Market will be on June 5, when the tent will be set up next to Master Gardeners. Synergy will be at the forefront as the gardeners will have composting and vermiculture presentations at 9:00am and 10:00am respectively.
This project, started by Adrie Voors (Cohort II) in 2016, helps keep it out of the landfill, reduces methane additions to the atmosphere and provides important nutrients to our soil. Remember, you can get hours for your Master Naturalist certification by volunteering for this project.
– Art Fovargue, Cohort VII, May 2021
The photo at top, above, shows Art at the Compost Drop-off table at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market on Saturday, May 22. Photo by Adrie.