River Valley rotarians hear about Pleasant Valley Farms composting program

RUMFORD — The featured speaker at the River Valley Area Rotary Club fellowship luncheon on Monday, Feb. 3, was Dean Richmond of Pleasant River Farms in West Bethel. Richmond spoke to Rotary Club members about the farm’s food waste collection and composting program. He offers food scrap collection from businesses and institutions in the Bethel and Newry areas, picking up food waste and composting it with other organic materials. There is no fee for this service, as the towns pay Richmond directly. Richmond provides 32 gallon totes and accepts all food scrap materials, food manufacturing waste and a limited number of paper products, including coffee filters, brown paper towels, brown napkins and cardboard egg cartons. Also at the lunch, Rotarian Maureen Sheldon was Rotarian of the Day.
PHOTO: At the River Valley Area Rotary Club Feb. 3 luncheon, from left, Rotarian of the Day Maureen Sheldon; Dean Richmond, of Pleasant River Farms in West Bethel; club President Dave Duguay. (Submitted photo)