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We’re Still Composting
The OCA will continue to collect compost in the parking lot of the Natural History Society of Maryland (6908 Belair Road) beginning Saturday November 5 from 9:30-10:30 am. This will continue every other week, through the winter and spring, until the Farmer’s Market begins next year.
What Can We Take?
We accept all fruit and veggie scraps, egg shells, nuts shells, teabags and coffee grinds and filters. Please, no bones, yard waste, dairy, or meat. Many of our neighbors who routinely bring their compost will store it in their freezers until the collection day. The compost is taken to Ladybrook Farms in Monkton, Maryland where it provides feed for their free range chickens, ducks and geese. The chickens especially love pumpkins, gourds and fall squash!
Why It’s Important
The compost enriches the soil in which Ladybrook Farm grows the flowers sold at our Overlea Farmer’s Market. Composting helps reduce the effects of climate change by diverting food waste from landfills and promotes nutrient rich soil. In addition, it increases the water holding capacity of soil. And because the soil is less dry, composting works to reduce soil erosion. Food that is deposited in landfills is a large contributor of methane to the atmosphere, so it is important to reduce this waste as much as possible.
Hope to see you join the community effort to save the environment!