Full Circle loves Dave Matthews…and his compost
- Photo courtesy of Dmbcaravan.com
Last week we received an unusual post on our Facebook page. It read, “Hey Full Circle! Do you all have any interest in a huge load of compostable material (that you get to specify) from the Dave Matthews Band Caravan?”
The answer was “Yes”; of course we want to add more nutrient dense food waste to our growing heap of composting material. Full Circle maintains healthy soils and adds essential nutrients back into our fields with only the compost we can make on site with recycled food materials. This is an essential part of the bigger picture we work to create around growing more sustainable foods and decreasing the impact farms and consumers have on the earth, but it also means that making compost is a high priority job around here. The more food waste we can recycle and compost we can create, the better.
However, we must admit that the donation of extra food waste was not the only thing we were excited about as we agreed to make the trip to the Gorge on Sunday and pick up the compost created by the Dave Matthews Band Caravan. Helping decrease the environmental impact of this celebrated yearly concert and supporting a hometown artist was an added bonus.
This year, the carbon footprint of every Dave Matthews Band Caravan event will be entirely offset and the tour buses will run only on Biodiesel. At concert venues recycling bins will be more readily available, re-usable water bottles will be encouraged and local non-profits and farmers will be invited to display and educate at booths within the venue.
Concert-goers can even indulge in organic, locally grown foods, instead of the classic greasy fried stuff, at concert farmers markets. Alpine Lakes Sheep Cheese, Larkhaven Farm, Oberg Brothers Natural Beef and Spencer Fruit Organics were the featured local producers at last weekend’s concert at the Gorge.
The efforts extend behind the stage as well, where caterers are using local organic foods and compostable materials to feed the band and crew. Composting, recycling and re-using more materials reduce waste produced at each venue.
Full Circle was pleased to participate in this process and help create a more sustainable venue. On Sunday, as the band packed up to head on to their next performance, Full Circle collected a full truckload—2,200 lbs. to be exact– of compostable waste to add to our compost pile.
As we head into fall thinking about giving nourishment back to the fields after all the nourishment it has given us throughout the summer, we are glad to have the extra compost, and maybe even a bit of star studded good luck. Here’s looking forward to healthy fields, and more good food with the help of Dave Matthews Band and their compost!