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Compost Delivers the Great Pumpkin
by Susan Antler
November 10, 2002






600 pound pumpkin is the winner of the 1st Annual Great Pumpkin Growing Contest

October 31, 2002 - Yes Linus, it is true. The Great Pumpkin does exist. And this year, it's been grown in Hanover, Ontario and is the winner of The Composting Council of Canada's 1st Annual Great Pumpkin Growing Contest.

The 600-pound golden beauty was grown by David McCallum, a pumpkin-growing hobbyist from the Hanover area.

And the secret to his green thumb?

"The secret is good compost and good water," said McCallum. "We planted the pumpkin seed indoors in the first week of May and set the plant outside about the 20th of May. We tended it with lots of TLC --- with the C being compost --- and watered it from our spring-fed pond throughout the summer."

In addition to winning bragging rights for the next 12 months, David McCallum designated his $500 prize money to the Walkerton Heritage Water Garden. He has also agreed to share his growing knowledge through a presentation at The Council's 2003 National Composting Conference, to be held in London, Ontario from September 24th - 26th .

Included amongst those who were also recognized for their pumpkin growing abilities were the Lunenburg Regional Recycling and Compost Facility (279 pounds) and the Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation (194 pounds). Honourary mentions were presented to the City of London, the City of Hamilton and the City of Edmonton.

The Great Pumpkin Growing contest was developed by The Composting Council of Canada to build awareness of the importance of using compost to improve and nourish the soil and thereby deliver great gardening results. The contest was sponsored by Miller Composting, All Treat Farms, Procter & Gamble and Visions of Utopia in strong cooperation with Municipal World, Solid Waste & Recycling, Recycling Product News, Composting News and BioCycle.

"Congratulations to David McCallum and our composting advocates across the country for making our contest's first year such a great success," said Susan Antler, Executive Director, The Composting Council of Canada. "They've proven that you can 'grow 'em big with compost'. We look forward to continuing this growing initiative for years to come."

The Composting Council of Canada is a national non-profit, member-driven organization with a charter to advocate and advance composting and compost usage. It serves as the central resource and network for the composting industry in Canada and, through its members, contributes to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which they operate. Visit or call 1-877-571-GROW.

For more information, please contact Tyrone Biljan at The Composting Council of Canada: 416-535-0240 or 1-877-571-GROW.

On hand to accept the cheque on behalf of the community and to marvel at David's growing abilities were (from left to right): Tyrone Biljan,The Composting Council of Canada; Susan Antler, Executive Director, The Composting Council of Canada; Nancy Bajurney, President of Walkerton Horticultural Society; Councillor Audrey Webb; Don Moore, Chairman, Walkerton Heritage Water Garden; Mayor Dave Thompson, Town of Brockton; David McCallum, winner of the 1st Annual Great Pumpkin Growing Contest; Tom Hennessey, Miller Composting & Chair of Ontario Region, The Composting Council of Canada.


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