Compost Awareness Day - Free Event in Manassas, VA
Compost Awareness Day is a great way to learn more about gardening, composting, using compost, and all of the ways that we can help make our local area more beautiful! Hosted in Manassas, VA, this event is free for any and all to join! Join us on Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our Balls Ford Road Compost Facility, 13012 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, VA 20109.
The event includes:
Free compost samples of our certified Grow Good Compost
Compost bin sales (by Prince William County)
Compost and gardening information (by VCE Prince William County Master Gardeners)
Community beautification information (by Keep Prince William Beautiful)
Compost Facility Tours of our state-of-the-art Balls Ford Road composting facility at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. (noon)
Food scraps collection (for composting)
Volunteers from the VA Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners program will be present to share materials on the benefits of composting and its use and information on yard waste and food composting at home. Keep Prince William Beautiful volunteers will share community beautification ideas and opportunities. In addition, attendees can take home a free compost sample in their own bucket. Event participants can also drop off food scraps to be composted. Prince William County's Solid Waste Division will sell backyard compost bins and provide information on the county's recycling programs. The Balls Ford Road Composting Facility walking tours will begin at 11 a.m. and 12 noon.
This event in Prince William County supports International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), the compost industry's largest and most comprehensive education initiative. ICAW promotes composting efforts in the backyard and, at large scale, commercial composting facilities, like our Balls Ford Road Compost Facility.
This year’s theme, “For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food…Compost!” According to the Compost Research & Education Foundation, the theme was chosen based on a serious world-wide issue that every nation, unfortunately, experiences: hunger.” The 2023 theme best reflects the goal of focusing on how compost can have a role in helping feed the world by making our soil healthier, which produces healthier food. By recycling organics into compost and using it on our farmlands, we create healthy soils that produce healthier food and higher yields. It also reduces the need for fertilizer and pesticides, improves water quality, conserves water, and stores carbon in soil - helping to reduce climate change. Compost not only helps the environment but also helps to decrease food shortages experienced around the world.