November 15, 2015
Giant pumpkin promotes compost use
All Treat Farms grew a giant pumpkin that weighed 921 lbs.
A giant pumpkin weighing 1,078 lbs. is the winning entry in this year’s Annual Pumpkin Growing Contest organized by The Compost Council of Canada.

Gerry Cavanaugh of Ennismore grew his golden beauty, having prepared his soil with compost and with the hope of supporting the efforts of the Ennismore and District Horticultural Society in the building of a community memorial garden. The grand prize of $500 will be presented to the Society by Cavanaugh and The Compost Council of Canada at a special event celebrating International Compost Awareness Week during the first week of May 2016.

All Treat Farms’ entry weighed in at 921 lbs., a record weight for Council members since the start of the contest in 2002. Affectionately called ‘Peanut’ by the staff at All Treat, the Arthur, Ontario-based compost facility is also a founding supporter of this growing competition, designed to promote compost’s use to feed the soil.

Additional noteworthy contestants from Ontario included Miller Compost of Pickering,  City of Barrie, County of Simcoe, Miller Compost of Clarington, Region of Peel, and City of Hamilton.

Susan Antler, executive director, The Compost Council of Canada, said, “This friendly competition helps all compost advocates win, bringing attention to the power of compost to naturally enrich the soil and get it ready for a great gardening season.”