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Release Date: May 12, 2010

Crystal Farms Gets Scrappy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2010
CONTACT: Angela Fox, 703-412-9430

Crystal Farms Gets Scrappy
Compost Collection Added to Weekly Farmers' Market

Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – EnviRelation, a local composting start-up that provides commercial composting services for all of the Crystal City BID’s events, will be present at the weekly Crystal City Farmers' Market, collecting qualifying kitchen scraps for composting.

“For the last three years, the Crystal City BID has made composting a key aspect of our 'low-to-no' waste event policy," said Angela Fox, President and CEO of Crystal City BID. “By expanding our partnership with EnviRelation, we're now making composting an easy option for Crystal City residents, employees, and businesses by offering a convenient compost drop-off location.”

Crystal Farms and the composting drop site is located in the heart of Crystal City on the sidewalk of Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Streets every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting May 18th and running through October 26th.

EnviRelation staff will be onsite to educate interested market patrons about composting and their process. The composting service is intended to provide urban residents and area employees with a convenient way to sustainably dispose of kitchen scraps. Everyone is encouraged to utilize the service, but please note that yard waste will not be accepted. A detailed description of acceptable materials is available on the Crystal City website.

Fresh vegetables, produce, cheeses, flowers, baked goods, and other farm and artisan products return to Crystal City on Tuesdays starting May 18th with the season’s opening of Crystal Farms. Managed by FRESHFARM Markets, the weekly farmers’ market will welcome over 20 vendors, chef demonstrations, and a new weekly composting drop off site for market patrons.

The farmers’ market enables area employees and residents to purchase locally produced fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, specialty foods, and artisan goods. Bringing local farmers and consumers together, Crystal Farms helps ensure the employment of sustainable growing practices and reduces fossil fuel consumption by offering locally grown goods that have a much shorter travel distance.

For more information on Crystal Farms, Crystal Green and other Crystal City events, visit www.crystalcity.org.

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About the Crystal City BID
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.

About FRESHFARM Markets
FRESHFARM Markets strives to build and strengthen the local food movement in the Chesapeake Bay region. They use their markets to create vibrant urban and community places, to provide economic opportunities for farmers and to showcase the region's agricultural bounty. They aim to create a sustainable urban-rural partnership that brings the blessings of healthy local food to communities and sustains working landscapes. For more information, visit www.freshfarmmarket.org.

About EnviRelation
EnviRelation is the leading provider of food composting services in the Greater Washington Metropolitan region. With over 4 years in business, EnviRelation works with hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, schools and universities, hospitals and offices to ensure that food wastes are diverted from the waste stream and composted, while saving participants money through reducing their waste disposal costs. The finished compost is an environmentally-friendly soil amendment that helps balance soil nutrients and reduce water and nitrogen run-off.