Compost for Brooklyn empowers city residents to sustainably reduce waste and cultivate healthy urban ecosystems. We pursue this by offering free community composting, planting urban gardens, and teaching workshops in local schools and organizations.
Compost for Brooklyn, founded in March 2010, has transformed a vacant lot into a community composting project and thriving refuge for native plants and community members.
Every week, neighbors come to the garden to relax, get their hands dirty, and drop off their veggie scraps, coffee grinds, and other organic waste. In the summer of 2011 alone, we received over 8,600 pounds of food scraps from individuals, local schools and businesses–diverting it from garbage trucks and landfills. Finished compost is used to amend depleted soils and cultivate healthy ecosystems.
In our garden, we grow plants that enhance New York City’s urban ecosystem by providing food and shelter for beneficial birds and insects. When you visit our garden you will find plants native to the northeastern United States, such as Clethna alnifolia (Sweet Pepperbush), Tilia americana ‘redmondi’ (American Linden tree), and Viburnum rhytidophyllum (Leather Leaf Viburnum).
Through our public school and Brooklyn-wide outreach, we teach children and adults about caring for our urban soils and empower them to take responsibility for the environment.