ReWorks and its partners, Keep Akron Beautiful, Countryside Conservancy and Let’s Grow Akron, have selected Ms. Julie’s Kitchen as the Grow Green Compost Giveaway recipient. Ms. Julie’s Kitchen received an 8 cubic yard truckload of compost and the remaining entrants were rewarded with a 40-pound bag of compost.
All community gardens located within Summit County that supply fruits and vegetables as a food source to the surrounding community were qualified to enter. The winning entry was selected based on its impact on the community and the garden’s efforts to reduce organic waste, conserve water and reduce chemicals applied to the garden.
“Community gardens are a visible sign of a commitment to improving green space and community aesthetics,” stated ReWorks Executive Director Yolanda Walker. “ Along with our partners, we see the Grow Green program a unique opportunity to both enrich the soil and support the practice of composting within our community gardens.”
Ms. Julie’s Kitchen is a vegan farm-to-table restaurant located at 1809 S. Main St. in Akron. They farm two acres of vacant city property adjacent to the restaurant.
The compost provided was made from food scraps and compostable paper collected from participants in ReWorks’ Commercial Food Scrap Collection program. Offered as a free service to Summit County businesses and schools by ReWorks, the program diverts food scraps and compostable paper from the waste stream by providing program participants with the resources to separate these materials from garbage.
ReWorks is Summit County’s Solid Waste Management Authority. ReWorks provides solutions and leadership to empower Summit County communities, institutions and businesses to develop and utilize environmentally sound, cost-effective recycling and waste management strategies.