Sonoma Compost was one of the three winners of Green America's first quarterly "People & Planet" award, which recognizes America's best green, small businesses.The others were: Green Kid Crafts of Anchorage, Alaska, and Raleigh City Farm from Raleigh, North Carolina. Each of three winners, who were selected by the public during a month-long open voting period at Green America's website, will receive $5,000.
Sonoma Compost Company (SCC) partners with local schools, non-profits and local government to provide education and resources that further the goals of sustainable agriculture. In 2011, SCC donated over 830 cubic yards of compost to about 150 school and community gardens. In addition, SCC conducts facility tours for school and provides on-and off-site public education to over 1500 individuals. Furthermore, it attends community fairs and festivals promoting sustainable agriculture and green living. Partnerships with non-profits are another way that SCC demonstrates its commitment to community action. Understanding the connection between fresh, organic and locally produced healthy food and the health of the community, SCC is a supporter/donor to the Ceres Community Project. Ceres is a network of student and adult volunteer gardeners and chefs that grow and produce healthy nutrient-rich meals for individuals and families dealing with serious illnesses.
"Sonoma Compost is thrilled to be recognized for our commitment to recycling organic organics into quality composts and mulches," said owner Will Bakx. "Our end products are used to rebuild soils by returning valuable nutrients and organic matter to local gardens, farms and landscapes. We are honored to be recognized by Green America and are doubly pleased to donate our $5000 prize to an amazing local nonprofit, Daily Acts. They will utilize this contribution to continue their good work by educating the public to make a change in their daily actions to create a greener, self-sustaining community."
Green America's "People & Planet Awards" recognize innovative entrepreneurial U.S. businesses that deeply integrate environmental and social considerations into their strategies and operations. The first round of the Awards focused on green businesses that also are active in serving their local communities.