Woo-hoo! It's Compost Awareness Day again this year! I love this event since it's a great excuse to get the word out about composting and using finished compost!
This year’s International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) theme is “For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food…Compost!” Compost makes our soil healthier and, in turn, this produces healthier food. Indeed, by recycling organics like food and yard waste into compost, and then using it on our farmlands and personal veggie gardens, we create healthy soils that produce healthier food and higher yields.
Using compost also reduces the need for fertilizer and pesticides, improves water quality, conserves water, and stores carbon in soil - helping to reduce climate change. I think that composting and using finished compost is one of the best ways we can contribute to local and global sustainability.
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!
We are hosting the event in at our Prince William County Compost Facility in Manassas, VA again this year. This event is free for any and all to join, so please join us on Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13012 Hansen Farm 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. Please let us know of any questions or suggestions that you may have by emailing us or leaving a comment below! We'd love to hear from you and hope to see you at the event!
About our Prince William County Compost & Mulch Facility
Freestate Farms makes premium landscaping products—compost, topsoil, and mulch—by recycling food and yard waste in Manassas, VA. Our composts, topsoil, and mulches are specially designed to increase the health and productivity of local soils, and with our focus on sustainable practices, this lets the environment and your garden Grow Good, together. We sell bulk compost, bagged compost, bulk natural mulches, bulk dyed mulches, bagged dyed mulches, and bulk topsoil for pickup and delivery.