Organic Consumers Association
Ukrop's Organic Compost

Posted 8/4/2003

RICHMOND, VA - - Ukrop's Super Markets, Inc. is excited about our partnership with Watkins Nurseries, Inc. Through this partnership, Ukrop's is able to recycle fruit and vegetable trimmings from our Central Kitchen into organic compost.

Ukrop's Organic Compost is made from thousands of pounds of fruit and vegetable trimmings that are produced each day as a result of our fruit and vegetable cutting operation. While consisting primarily of leaves and fruit and vegetable trimmings, minor amounts of liquids from our central cooking operation and dairy products may be added to promote the composting process. (No manure is added to the compost.) The residuals from Ukrop's Central Kitchen are transported to Watkins Nurseries, where the composting process occurs.

"Ukrop's is interested in sustainability, which encourages the reduction of waste and the wise use of our natural resources," commented Pat Hadden, Director of Technical Services. "The production of compost from our fruit and vegetable trimmings allows Ukrop's to recycle the trimmings into a usable product instead of being sent to a landfill; therefore, promoting the health of our environment."

Compost has proven to provide greater water availability to plants and improved nutrient uptake by roots. In addition, it improves soil structure by allowing increased aeration, and it may improve disease resistance in garden plants and lawns. Compost is one of the best things to add to garden soil each year.

Ukrop's Organic Compost is available in 20 pound plastic bags at all Ukrop's locations. In addition, bulk quantities of Ukrop's Organic Compost can be purchased from Watkins Nurseries.

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