The City of Barrie has been awarded the grand prize for the Compost Council of Canada’s 18th annual pumpkin-growing contest.According to the city, Barrie’s winning entry weighed 293.5 pounds. “I’m so proud of our team and the city for receiving this national award,” Sandra Brunet, Barrie’s environmental operations manager, said in a statement.“Leaf and yard waste from Barrie residents allowed us to create the rich compost that created an ideal growing environment for the pumpkins.”According to Lee Roberts, an environmental officer with the city, Barrie has been entering the contest since 2010, and this is the first year it’s won the grand prize.“The seeds were provided by the Compost Council of Canada, and we planted the seeds in our greenhouse operations centre on Ferndale around Easter,” Roberts told Global News. Story continues below advertisement “Once the risk of frost was removed, around the last week of May, we planted it actually out in our compost patch.”Roberts said the city cut the pumpkin off the line on Oct. 4, the day it was weighed.The city will be awarded its prize at an upcoming workshop and will receive $500 to put toward a horticultural initiative for the municipality.“We participate because we’re trying… Read full this story
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