Bloom’s Senior Director April Thompson joined Brenda Platt, Composting for Community Director for the Institute for Self-Reliance, to judge a heated competition in the 2023 DC State Fair: the compost contest! And when we say heated, that would be 90-140 degrees – the ideal compost pile temp range.

The first and second place winners both happened to have Amazon packing materials as part of their feedstock…. perhaps a future input source for Bloom?

DC Water’s Blue Plains was a contender in this year’s honey contest (yes, our renaissance wastewater treatment plant also does beekeeping!), but alas, did not a secure a prize this year.

Congrats to all of the DC State Fair winners.