COSTA MESA — The name Centennial Farm may not sound that familiar, but if you mention the big red barn at the Orange County Fairgrounds, locals immediately recognize the farm. Besides the Millennium Barn, the farm has fruit and vegetable gardens and livestock, which are open to the public.
This summer, locals have one more way to get involved with the farm. From Aug. 3 to Sept. 13, the Centennial Farm Foundation is competing to win a $20,000 prize from the Tom's of Maine "50 States for Good" initiative. The brand, known for its all-natural line of toothpastes, is recognizing five organizations that work to create "positive, lasting change to communities."
If the Costa Mesa nonprofit wins, the foundation plans to invest the money in a new program at the fairgrounds' farm called "Engrossed in Compost," which will teach the public the values of composting and do-it-yourself composting.
"It's all about environmental sustainability," said Joan Hamill, the fairgrounds' community relations director. "We want to be responsible with our waste and set an example."