Intervale Green Rooftop Farm

A Bronx Urban Farm Sponsored by Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)

Composting Program at Intervale Green

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The new compost bin is located behind the collard greens patch on the rooftop farm

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A close-up of our new compost bin made out of recycled shipping pallets.

Today with the help of our trusty NY Cares volunteers, we built a brand new compost bin out of recycled shipping pallets. Now residents at Intervale Green will be able to bring the vegetable scraps from their kitchen to the rooftop garden to turn into nutritious soil for the next growing season!

There are two ways right now that residents can participate in the composting program. Just stop by any Tuesday on the roof from 2-5pm to drop them in the bin yourself or drop them off in a plastic bag or container at the Harvest Giveway in the lobby any Tuesday from 5-7pm for our staff to bring to the roof later. In 2017, we hope to establish a drop off bin to be accessible to all residents 24/7 in the courtyard. Stay tuned!

What can you compost? Technically all organic matter can be composted, but in this open container on a residential building in an urban environment, we want to make sure that we are composting things that decompose quickly and with little smell. Here’s a list of what you can and cannot compost:

What to Compost:
– all raw fruit and vegetable scraps
– wilted greens
– coffee grounds and filters
– tea bags
– egg shells
– rotten fruit or vegetables
– wilted flowers
– dead houseplants
– leftover soil from repotting plants
– shredded newspaper and paper

Don’t compost:
– bones and meat
– dairy products
– cooking oils
– leftovers from your fridge (unless they are just steamed vegetables)
– pet waste
– diseased or insect-ridden plants
– tough plant material like branches or stalks

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