Events & Offerings
Compost Build Volunteer Days
Every Monday through June, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Join the NYC Compost Project staff on our epic compost build days! Event are open to the public and no experience is necessary. Volunteers will experience a large-scale compost operation and get firsthand experience building a compost windrow! We will combine over 4,000 lbs of Queens-generated food scraps with equal parts QBG horticulture waste. Volunteers can help by bringing their own food scraps to the build!
FREE. Registration required.
Compost Beautification Volunteer Days
Wednesdays, May through July, 2-4pm
Join the NYC Compost Project Staff to care for our compost demo site by weeding, mulching, planting, applying compost, and gardening. This is an outdoor event, please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, bring water or snacks, and dress comfortably. QBG staff will provide gloves.
FREE. Registration required.
Compost & Farm Site Tours
Sundays, May 16 through June 6, 10am, 12pm, & 2pm
Get a behind-the-scenes tour of our composting facility! Join our knowledgeable staff to talk all about compost, learn about the techniques we use to process food scraps, and look for macro-organisms who are hard at work making compost!
Technical Assistance for Community Composters
The NYC Compost Project offers assistance and consultation in creating action plans, organizing volunteer workdays, troubleshooting, and more. We work with actively-managed Community Compost Sites in Queens, and we consult with community gardens and schools to create and improve compost systems at their sites. Contact us if your group would like to collaborate with us.
Are you involved with or planning to develop a compost site in your community? The NYC Compost Project can provide you with resources and connect you with other urban composters.
If you are a garden in need of technical support: submit a survey here.
Contact the NYC Compost Project if you are interested in:
- Starting a new compost site in your community
- Improving and expanding an existing compost site
- Building compost bins and sifters tailored to meet the needs of your site
- Posting clear signs that explain what can and can’t be composted
- Chipping woody debris or shredding leaves on your site to use for composting
- Recruiting and managing volunteers
- Organizing compost workdays
- Troubleshooting composting problems
- Receiving compost for your site
[email protected]nsbotanical.org or 718.539.5296
We host information tables, give public presentations, and teach workshops at local events in the Bronx. Contact us if you’d like the NYC Compost Project to provide information about composting or hands-on demonstrations at an event you’re hosting. There are also free composting and recycling literature and decals available for pickup in our office, in addition to select materials on the Compost Project Materials web page.
Master Composter Certificate Program (currently suspended)
The NYC Compost Project Master Composter Certificate Program is an advanced composting course that trains a select group of New Yorkers every year to support, develop, and maintain community-based compost projects across all five boroughs. The course requires 24 hours of classroom instruction, two field trips, 30 hours of compost-related fieldwork, and a final project.