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: