Monday, May 6, 2024

The Cook Farm offers community events for International Compost Awareness Week

Woman planting in the dirt

 

Owls Head, NY – The Cook Farm, a 26.5-acre regenerative farm nestled beneath Owls Head Mountain, is thrilled to announce a series of free community events to celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, in collaboration with local organizations Compost For Good, ADKAction, Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), Clarkson University, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, and the Malone Wead Library.

International Compost Awareness Week aims to educate the public about the benefits of composting and recycling organics, including food scraps and yard waste. The 2024 theme emphasizes compost’s pivotal role in climate strategies by decreasing methane emissions, mitigating climate change, reducing fertilizer inputs, and increasing resilience to environmental challenges.

Laura Cook, co-owner of The Cook Farm, emphasized the significance of composting: “Composting is such an underappreciated process that has so much to offer our communities. It keeps food waste out of landfills, prevents greenhouse gas emissions, recycles nutrients back into the food production system, and improves soil health, leading to a host of other environmental benefits.”

Community events include:

Community Composting Q&A

Wednesday, May 8, 7 – 8 p.m. Join virtually on Facebook Live for an informative session where Laura will address all attendee’s questions about community composting.

Community Composting Night

Thursday, May 9, 5 – 6 p.m. Head to the Wead Library to learn all about community composting in person. The first 12 attendees will receive free 5-gallon buckets to kickstart their composting journey.

Composting Open House

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hosted at The Cook Farm, this event offers firsthand insights into the composting process. Enjoy demonstrations, kids’ activities, a raffle, and free 5-gallon buckets for the first 50 attendees.

For more information about The Cook Farm’s International Compost Awareness Week events, visit https://cookfarmny.com/compost-awareness-week/or contact Laura at (518) 353-6026 or cook.enterprises.ny@gmail.com.

About The Cook Farm:

The Cook Farm is a small family farm located in Owls Head, NY. The farm employs sustainable practices to produce a variety of crops and livestock while advocating for environmental stewardship and community engagement.

About Compost for Good:

CfG is a group of three individuals who are committed to “Reimagining Waste.”  Our vision is a world in which humans positively impact the Earth and its communities by valuing organic waste as a resource. Our mission is to support communities to adopt economically viable and ecologically resilient composting systems and processes through education, outreach, technical support, peer to peer connections, and research. In Fall 2022, Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and AdkAction joined forces to expand funding and support for Compost for Good.

Photo at top: Laura Cook of The Cook Farm in Owls Head. Provided photos.

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