Earth Day is Monday, April 22, and Island Grown Initiative (IGI) is selling 200 yards of locally collected and cured compost at Thimble Farm from 8 am to 6 pm. The rich, chemical-free “black gold” is made from leaves, grass, local manure, and Island food waste collected from IGI’s pilot program, Island Food Rescue.
Island Food Rescue began collecting food waste from local restaurants like Linda Jean’s, Waterside, and Park Corner in 2016. The program started collecting food waste at select transfer stations last summer, and recently secured all six Island transfer stations. Now, anyone who wants to compost can, and IGI will do all the heavy lifting — literally.
The Island nonprofit recently purchased a “new-ish” food waste dump truck and an in-vessel composter, which will speed up the composting process, according to Sophie Abrams, food equity and recovery director. Aaron Lowe takes the truck around to participating business three times a week. “This makes everything easier,” Lowe said. “You can get a lot more done in a day.”
The in-vessel composter is still being wired and welded, but should be up and running by the end of May, according to Abrams.
Monday’s sale includes 40-pound bags of compost for $12.95, or loaded by the yard into a pickup truck for $60 per yard. Local checks, cash, or credit card are accepted. For more information, contact Island Grown Initiative at 508-687-9062, or visit igimv.org.