As of April 30th, 2012, we are seeking interest from facilities and solid waste haulers in the Northern VA & DC area who wish to supply organic waste for commercial composting.
Facilities that produce significant amounts of organic/food waste (e.g.restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, large facilities with dining services) are encouraged to do the following three steps:
2. Express your interest in becoming a supplier of organic waste by clicking here or send an email to Ashlea Smith at email@example.com
3. Ask your solid waste hauler to take the first steps to become a Registered Hauler with us (have them contact Ashlea Smith, Ashlea@freestatefarmsva.com). If an organization’s hauler is unable to accommodate organic waste, then a list of registered haulers will be available here in 2013.
Per a study of the Northern Virginia Agricultural Supply Chain, Freestate Farms determined:
- The ready supply of organic soil amendments and non-chemical agricultural fertilizer was diminishing vis-à-vis chemical fertilizers were becoming price prohibitive to the average farmer.
- Access to local, commercially-available compost (naturally full of nitrogen, phosphorus, and other nutrients necessary for growing crops) was slim or non-existent.
- Local chefs and farmers were in search of conventionally available options to compost their food and organic waste.
- Regional infrastructure for organic waste diversion (commercial and on-farm composting) was lacking.
- The amount of food and landscaping waste produced in the area was tremendously high!
The conclusion led to Freestate Farms’ initial steps to organize a Commercial Compost Facility utilizing Anaerobic Digestion, biogas sequestration and compost tea production to satisfy many of the results of the study.