Friday, August 21, 2009


Composting in Fort Greene

Who is the guy with the ponytail I always see hauling away compost?

That's Charlie – Clinton Hill gardener, compost lover, superhuman. He is not paid to take the compost.

Is the compost program run by the Greenmarket?

Greenmarket is a friend and fan of the compost project, but it has always been run by neighborhood garderners and volunteers.

Where does the compost go?

The food scraps collected here each week are currently taken to community gardens in Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Bushwick and to Added Value Farm in Red Hook. We are always looking for more sites to process compost.

How does it get there?

Volunteers from the Fort Greene Compost Project deliver the goods by truck, van and tricycle. We are always looking for more methods of transportation.

Where'd you get that tricycle?
We bought it from Worksman (who gave us a great deal) with a grant from Citizens Committee for NYC. Alice and Clara salvaged an old bedframe rig it for our unique compost hauling needs.

How much is collected?

About 1500 pounds every Saturday.

Who runs the compost collection?

The Fort Greene Compost Project is an all-volunteer group made up of your friends and neighbors. We have operated this site year-round at the Ft. Greene Greenmarket since October 2005.

Does every Greenmarket have compost?

Fort Greene and Union Square are the only Greenmarkets in New York City that have a compost drop-off.

What are the hours?

8:30am - 12 noon, every Saturday.

How can I help?

Get involved! Volunteer some of a Saturday at the market or on site. Check out our Volunteer Schedule. Tell us your ideas. Share some resources. We are always looking for transportation. We need more sites to process compost at, too. Know of any gardens? Available lots? Backyards?

How can I contact you?


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