Urban Farmer

TODAY: Get Dirty, Win Prizes During ‘Big Dig’

By Kiersten Throndsen/KOMO News (RVP news partner)

RAINIER BEACH – Grab your grubbies and get ready to get down and dirty.

On Saturday, April 14 thousands of dollars in free compost and prizes will be given away during this year’s ‘Big Dig.’

The event, put on by Seattle Public Utilities and Cedar Grove, celebrates Seattleites determination to keep things out of the landfill.

“Thanks to the amazing dedication of our residents, Seattle is a leader in yard and food waste collection,” said Tim Croll, SPU Solid Waste Director. “From 2001 to 2011, the city increased its overall organics diversion from 52,000 tons to more than 125,000 tons a year. That’s a great reason to celebrate.”

Everyone who attends the event will get a coupon for a free bag of Cedar Grove compost and a chance to be one of 20 chosen to dig.

The lucky folks will go at it, digging through a 45-yard mountain of compost looking for prizes – including a $3,000 yard makeover.

So far, a handful of contestants have already been selected for the dig:

  • Capitol Hill – Maggie N.
  • View Ridge – Chris P. & Gregory B.
  • Maple Leaf – Alicia E.
  • Lake City – Emily H.
  • Rainier Valley – Deeann P.
  • Ravenna – Larry H.
  • West Seattle – Seana B., Karen R. and Julie G.

There is still room for 10 more contestants and lots of free compost.

Seattle Tilth and Cedar Grove will host garden educational booths.

Registration for a shot at participating in the ‘Big Dig’ runs from 12-1 p.m.

The entire event takes place at Seattle Tilth’s Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (5513 S. Cloverdale St.)

Good luck!

The initial compost pile courtesy ‘Big Dig’.