Farm & Compost

Compost: Events & Offerings

Events & Offerings

Active 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 Bagging Volunteer Days

March 18, 23, 25, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Join the NYC Compost Project Staff prep for our compost giveaway events. Volunteers will support staff sift and bag finished compost, have great conversations, and learn about the QBG composting process. This is an outdoor event, please dress warmly, wear sunscreen, bring water or snacks, and dress comfortably. QBG staff will provide gloves.

FREE. Registration required.


Compost Giveback Events

Saturday March 6, Sunday March 28, Friday April 30, 10am to 3pm

The NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden is giving away FREE compost! Staff will be present to assist and load 7.5 gallon bags of compost into your vehicle. The compost is made from residential food scraps collected locally and processed at QBG. Limit of 5 bags per registrant. This event takes place in QBG’s Parking Garden at 42-80 Crommelin Street, Flushing, NY.

FREE. Registration required.


QBG Compost Site Tours

Visit QBG’s Compost Demo Site, located near the Urban Farm, to see a variety of compost bins, organic material in different stages of decomposition, and educational signage explaining the composting process. If you are interested in a fun tour of QBG’s Compost Site, please register here! You will learn about how to compost in NYC and learn about the many different composting systems used at QBG.

Registration information coming soon!

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.

Compost Hotline

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] or 718.539.5296

Materials Request

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.

Inactive Offerings

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.