For over one year, a partnership between Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts and Black Bear Composting have diverted more than 122,000 tons of organic waste from the concessions in Shenandoah National Park in 2013.  Food waste is collected from our food and beverage operations in the park at Skyland, Elkwallow, Big Meadows Wayside, and Big Meadows Lodge.  The Skyland Stables also generates manure which is another form of organic waste diverted from the landfill and sent to the composting facility.

In celebration of this successful collaboration, Black Bear Composting offered Delaware North one free cubic yard of compost bbc logowhich the company donated to the White House Farm Foundation, located in Luray, VA.  This foundation is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to enrich individuals with knowledge of and involvement with natural ecological systems, sustainable agriculture, holistic community planning, and a respect for local history and culture.  

They do so by working with the community and partners to further progressive dialogue regarding some of the issues facing conservation and development, including living in balance with the environment, enhancing the landscape to feed wildlife and humans, conserving land, and supporting local economies.

The donation is the beginning of a partnership between the two organizations and will contribute to the Foundation’s agricultural projects supporting the local Shenandoah Valley ecosystem.

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As a result of their achievements and commitments towards environmental sustainability, DNC Parks & Resorts at Shenandoah received a 2014 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award. For more information about the White House Farm Foundation click here.