Founding One Hundred Spotlight
Our partner in Pumpkin Spice Compost and all our composting since we started is Founding One Hundred supporter Veteran Compost – a wonderful local company owned by a Gulf War veteran. We can’t exactly remember “the when, ” but all it took was meeting owner Justen Garrity, a charismatic Army vet doing something terrific with food waste and AND employing other veterans… hence the name, Veteran Compost.
We couldn’t help but engage the special events we were helping Green with recycling and other sustainable practices and to put focus on composting. We realized that switching from plastic disposables and serviceware to compostables, was to be a game changer. Our professional composter, Veteran Compost, made it possible for us to show event organizers that plastic could be replaced with compostable cups, plates and utensils for the good of the planet. For example, in 2019, with Veteran Compost, we composted more than 18 tons of organic material. Several events, including the 2500-person annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast, were Zero-Waste greatly reducing our impact on the landfill!
Veteran’s goal is to fuel our growth with people and material that others pass over. By processing food scraps and compostable materials at its locations from many sources in Maryland and nearby areas, Veteran is able to offer the following products:
- Compost (in bulk or bagged)
- Worm Castings (aka worm poop – in bags)
- Square Foot Gardening Mix (in bulk or bagged)
- Potting Mix (in bulk or bagged)
- SuperSoil (bagged)
- Biochar (bagged)
Additionally, the company provides services such as composting consulting, food scrap collection for businesses and residents (in certain areas) and special event food scrap collection. In fact, Veteran has provided event service not only to Annapolis Green events but also from small weddings to festivals with thousands of attendees such as:
Veterans offers three levels of service for special events from a basic pick up of compostables in bags, to delivery and pickup of its collection bins, to full-service with its staff monitoring its bins and the process and answering attendee questions.
Tags: Founding One Hundred, Justen Garrity, Veteran Compost
Give those Jack-O-Lanterns a Dignified Demise
back to the Earth
Annapolis Green is partnering with the City of Annapolis to collect and compost fall pumpkins that have outlived their decorative usefulness. Instead of putting unwanted pumpkins in the trash and condemning them to the landfill, bring them to the Great Pumpkin Dropoff at Truxtun Park!
Next spring those nutritious pumpkins will have been turned into fantastic compost for your spring garden… Pumpkin Spice Compost!
The Great Pumpkin Dropoff is part of nonprofit Annapolis Green’s Here We Grow program to encourage home gardeners to grow food with flowers with the natural soil amendment of compost rather than synthetic fertilizers and without pesticides.
The pumpkins will be turned into compost by Veteran Compost, Maryland’s only licensed compost farm and a Founding One Hundred supporter of Annapolis Green. Residents will be able to pre-order the compost as a holiday gift from Annapolis Green along with related gardening products.
The huge pumpkin currently on Church Circle will be composted too, along with its little brothers and sisters from our porches.
How it Works
Bring your pumpkins (or pumpkin bits if you’re making pie) to the bins conveniently set up on Truxtun Park Road in Truxtun Park (near the skateboard area) anytime on November 5-8.
Watch for directional signs. Just pour them into the bins and you’re done knowing that you’ve done a good thing for the Earth and lightened the landfill load!
Post photos of your pumpkins on social media. Hashtags:
Be sure to remove any wax or paint from Jack-O-Lanterns as those materials will not break down with the natural pumpkin.
The Great Pumpkin Drop Flyer
Anne Arundel County is also composting pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. Check out its Recycling and Waste Reduction Division Facebook page for details and other good recycling info.
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