Farm & Compost offers a variety of programs for your community, school, workplace, or social group. Dive headfirst into composting or dip your toes into soil science! While tours must be held at QBG, most workshops can be held at our space or yours.
To book your group program, call us at 718.539.5296 or email [email protected]
Learn how to reduce organic waste and create “black gold” for your garden by composting leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds. This workshop covers the essentials of outdoor composting in an urban setting. Workshops held at Queens Botanical Garden may include a trip to our Compost Demonstration Site, weather permitting.
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Take your composting to the next level at this hands-on workshop! Learn to make and manage a “thermophilic” batch of compost – a pile that will heat up to kill weed seeds and pathogens – ready to use in as little as three months! At QBG, participants will work together with our staff to build a pile at our Compost Demonstration Site. Come ready to get dirty!
I Heart Worms
Did you know that worms have five pairs of hearts? This unique hands-on workshop introduces kids (age 5 and up) to the life of indoor composting (red wiggler) worms. Make heart-shaped compost cookies for your plants; be prepared to get your hands dirty! Purchase worm bin materials from us ($10 material fee), and we’ll help you set it up during the workshop. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Worm Composting for Students
Introduce your students to indoor composting with red wiggler worms. Students will learn how to make and maintain a worm bin, while discussing what worms needs to survive and create nutrient-rich vermicompost from food scraps. These classroom pets offer insight to nutrient cycling and decomposers.
You CAN make compost in the comfort of your own home! Learn how to make and care for a worm bin that transforms your food scraps into vermicompost, or castings. Use your vermicompost to feed your houseplants or garden.
WormShop for Educators
Learn how worms work their magic, converting kitchen scraps into a rich organic fertilizer, and reducing our carbon footprints. In this workshop we will introduce composting, demonstrate how to build an indoor worm bin, and go over basic care and maintenance. Discussion will focus on engaging students and enriching curriculum with these easy classroom pets.
Preparing Your Garden for Spring (or Fall)
These seasonal workshops focus on caring for your plants and soil appropriately at different times of the year. Both programs cover soil testing, cover crops, compost application, and planning tips. Preparing Your Garden for Fall then discusses some easy season extension tips, and how to put your garden to bed for the weather. Meanwhile, Preparing Your Garden for Spring will help you get your garden rolling as soon as the weather warms up.
Soil Science: Facts & Field Tests
Aggregates, soil texture, the rhizosphere – what on Earth are we talking about? Facts & Field Tests provides a foundation for your soil explorations. Learn how soil scientists describe soils and what qualities are necessary for healthy plants and ecosystems through easy-to-replicate field tests.
Compost Tea & Extract
Make a compost brew for your thirsty plants! Compost tea allows you to spread the wealth of your compost pile by creating an explosion of beneficial bacteria and fungi found in compost. Compost extract, compost tea’s cousin, is an effective way to provide a boost of nutrition to plants when watering.
Farm & Compost Tour
Discover what’s behind the scenes at QBG Farm & Compost. In this one hour tour you will get a crash course on how we produce nutrient-rich compost from food scraps and horticultural waste. We will introduce the fundamentals of ecological farming as you visit the Farm. This tour is recommended for first-time visitors to QBG Farm & Compost.
Building a Farm Ecosystem
Explore our 1 acre urban farm and the soils, crops, and organisms that make it thrive. We will examine practices that add organic matter and biological diversity to our soil and keep our plants healthy. Crop rotation, mulching, cover crops, and composting are just some of the sustainable practices exemplified.
Soil Science & Health
What makes a healthy soil? Physical, chemical, and biological actors all play a role in forming a soil that makes plant grow. Our soils are amended with compost, produced here at Queens Botanical Garden from residential food scraps. In addition to discussing the many benefits of soil organic matter we will also try two easy tests to determine soil composition and soil texture in the field.