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Compost at Red Hook Community Farm


Compost at Red Hook Community Farm

Assist with the largest community compost site in the United States that runs entirely on renewable resources (sun, wind, and human power). The NYC Compost Project hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden operates the compost site at the Red Hook Community Farm (across from IKEA). The program diverts tons of organic material each month from landfills and uses it to create beautiful soil amendments that will help grow much-needed healthful food for the community. Volunteers will engage in a variety of tasks related to the compost program, which may include building new mounds with donated food and wood chips, turning mounds, or sifting.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden, founded more than a century ago, is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. As part of the NYC Compost Project, Brooklyn Botanic Garden manages a remarkable large-scale composting operation on the site of Brooklyn’s Red Hook Community Farm. The project is run entirely on renewable resources (solar, wind, and volunteer labor) and is the largest operation of its kind in the United States.