Palm Coast proudly hosted the inaugural Great Pumpkin Compost Event on Nov. 1, resulting in the collection of 52 pumpkins, diverting 392 pounds of waste from landfills.
Partnering with Barton Beef Cattle Ranch, the collected pumpkins will feed livestock and create compost, contributing to local agricultural sustainability efforts. The collaboration aims to harness the pumpkins' natural nutrients — such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium — to benefit the soil and promote new plant growth.
Acknowledging the community's eco-conscious efforts, Chick-fil-A generously awarded the first 50 residents who dropped off their pumpkins with vouchers for Chick-fil-A sandwiches, adding a delectable reward to the initiative.
"I want to thank Barton Beef Cattle Ranch and Chick-fil-A for their partnership during this event," said Maeven Rogers, Palm Coast's chief sustainability and resiliency officer. "The event's success is a testament to the power of community action. Together, we've diverted 392 pounds of waste from landfills, and the collected pumpkins will now nurture both livestock and local agriculture by creating nutrient-rich compost. I urge everyone to remain engaged and watch for future opportunities to collaborate with the city. Together, let's continue working towards a city on the rise, one that thrives in a greener, more sustainable future."
The event attracted environmental enthusiasts and residents passionate about sustainable living, all uniting to combat pumpkin pollution and support local sustainability endeavors.
The success of the Great Pumpkin Compost Event sets a promising precedent for future environmental initiatives in Palm Coast, highlighting the community's dedication to preserving the environment and creating a greener, more sustainable future.
As Palm Coast continues its journey toward environmental sustainability, the city encourages all residents to remain engaged and participate in future eco-friendly initiatives.
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