International Compost Awareness Week

The US Composting Council (USCC) defines its mission as advancing composting and promoting compost use to enhance soils and provide economic and environmental benefits for our members and society.  The organization coined the official International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) as the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry.  It is celebrated each year during the first full week of May.  I'm excited about the USCC and the ICAW because have been composting with a tumbler since 2007 and completed the Master Composter training last spring. I'm so smitten with the concept that I even started vermiposting (worm composting) last fall. 


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ICAW is a multi-media publicity and education event that showcases composting and compost products.  It features backyard through large scale commercial composting efforts.  The event serves the important role of bringing the compost message to the attention of the public, businesses, and other groups.  Communities and government agencies, as well as members of the composting industry, utilize the week to promote their specific compost message and programs.  The 14th annual ICAW has grown in both strength and number of celebrants through its sponsors and advocates.
Diverse groups can get involved via compost discussions, State ICAW Proclamations, promotions with local dealers and landscape supply stores, gardening expert lectures, backyard composting bin promotions, and urban gardening programs.


Ready to get involved and celebrate the benefits of composting May 1-7, 2011?  Here are a few tips to get you started. 


Compost Awareness Week Promotion Ideas

  • Compost sales–many communities offer compost for sale with the days' proceeds going to selected local charities
  • Openings and tours of compost demonstration gardens as well as centralized composting facilities
  • Tree planting ceremonies using compost to prepare the soil for planting
  • "Grow a Row" garden–using compost to prepare the soil, with the fall harvest being donated to the local food bank
  • Backyard composting training sessions–offered to residents as well as through school visits
  • A "Compost Tea Party"–residents are invited to learn about composting including how to make compost tea
  • Educational sessions by well-known gardening experts on the benefits of using compost in the garden
  • TV/radio interviews and newspaper articles highlighting the benefits of composting 


Check out the "how-to celebrate" guide and the list of local events on the ICAW website for additional ideas.


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