Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Free Compost for Community Gardens

One component of healthy soil is composted organic matter.

Providing enough compost for a community garden, though, can be difficult. Recognizing that difficulty, Food Well Alliance is offering compost for community gardens in the metro-Atlanta counties of Clayton, Cobb, Fulton, Dekalb, and Gwinnett.

The "catch" is that registration closes on July 28 and that someone from the community garden requesting compost and a compost kit needs to attend one of a series of offered (and also free!) workshops to learn about compost.

Food Well Alliance has posted this description of the offer:

"Register to take part in the Healthy Soil, Healthy Community Initiative and become eligible for a soil test, quality compost, a compost bin, a weatherproof instructional sign, and a composting thermometer - all at no cost to you!"

Eligibility of the gardens is described:

"To be eligible, your community garden must be open to the public or surrounding community to enjoy, with gardening plots available for rent, use, and/or harvest.  Due to the summer schedule, garden accessibility, and differing administration rules, this program is not currently open to school gardens."

Workshops are being held in every participating county, so finding one to attend should be totally possible. The workshop schedule is posted on the Food Well Alliance website.