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The River Heights Community Centre and St. Andrew's River Heights United Church are organizing a farmers' market

May 18, 2010

Calling all fruit and veggie farmers! 

The River Heights Community Centre and St. Andrew's River Heights United Church are organizing a farmers' market beginning this summer. 

The market will be held at the River Heights Community Centre, on the second and fourth Fridays of July, August, and September. 

Hours of operation will be 2 - 7 p.m.  Know a farmer who'd like to sell their fruits and/or veggies here?  Please contact Mike Kramm, RHCC General Manager, 488-7000.

What is composting?

Composting is the breakdown of organic material (food scraps, yard waste, etc) to produce a nutrient rich natural fertilizer. It can be done in your backyard in a compost bin or even inside with vermicomposting, a special type of composting using red wriggler worms.  Why is it important? Approximately 50% of residential waste is made up of organic materials, like food scraps and yard waste. By composting at home you can keep these materials out of your garbage can, which helps to reduce the need for new landfills in our community. Composting also helps to prevent pollution of our soil, water and air. When organic material breaks down in the landfill it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. In the landfill organic material also combines with metals and other materials to produce toxic liquids that pollute the soil and ground water.  Therefore, organics in the landfill create significant problems in our environment. What can I do? The good news is that you can prevent this pollution by composting at home! Not only will you be helping the environment, you will also create a valuable final produce: compost! Compost is a natural fertilizer that is great for your garden, house plants and lawn. Resource Conservation Manitoba, a non-profit, non-governmental centre for environmental education and applied sustainability, is here to help you get started! Visit www.resourceconservation.mb.ca for information on composting, including a Home Compost Help Service where you can talk to someone in your neighbourhood about composting and even arrange a home visit to help you get started or answer questions. Call the compost info line for more information at 925-3777 or email compost@resourceconservation.mb.ca