Keri Sapsford recently opened the Backyard and Compost Corner just outside Prince Albert
Former City of Prince Albert Transportation Manager Keri Sapsford saw a need in the Prince Albert Market and opened The Backyard and Compost Corner on Pine Street just outside of town.
The store, which opened in mid-May, has the slogan “Help create abundant and beautiful outdoor spaces”.
“It was a need that I thought had to be met,” Sapsford explained.
The company offers bulk sales, the backyard store, and composting pick-up and drop-off services.
Bulk deliveries include items like wood chips, topsoil, and mulch. In the shop there are various garden decoration items, garden boxes and tools that help with gardening.
“The other half of my business is composting, so we’re helping people reduce their waste by composting their leftover food for them. We have a weekly subscription service. We also have a drop-off service with our drop-off bins so you can bring your leftover food for us to compost. We’re going to more restaurants and grocery stores and so on to reduce their waste, ”Sapsford said.
The company also runs workshops and events, like a recent one that helped people create garden beds that essentially water themselves.
“We are trying to offer different types of gardening courses so that people can come together and learn about gardening, and we will try to do it online in this time when everything is done online.”
She explained that the business grew out of her interest in composting and the need to help people compost.
“I know a lot of people either don’t know how or are too busy, but they want to reduce their waste or do something good for the environment and wanted to get all the benefits of composting but just didn’t have the time or the know-how,” said Sapsford.
The compost side of the business was getting so busy that it had to expand. To do this, she brought in the mass landscaping side because there was nothing like it in Prince Albert.
“My customers ask me about mother earth or just something to put in their planters, and that really gives them a good place to go.”
They also trade in soil and soil improvement products which are big in the cannabis market.
“Even though we’re not carrying the seeds or the plants, we can help you grow the best plant possible because cannabis growers are the biggest soil nerds out there,” she said.
She also saw the need to address supply chain issues that have arisen due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“I saw a growing need for people to grow their own food and keep their supply chain local. I wanted to help people with this, so we have products that will help you in your garden and local products that will help our community, ”she explained.
The store is located on 1 Pine Street near Prince Albert Drive through the COVID-19 vaccination center and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM