project leader
Gregory C
location
179 East 4 Street
(Windsor Terrace - Kensington)
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We Made It!

the project

Everyone should be able to compost their household food scraps.  But with the end of NYC Sanitation's compost pick-up, where can people turn? The East 4th Street community garden has been an oasis in a composting desert.  To respond to the community's composting needs, we plan to rebuild and expand our composting area by creating attractive, durable bins to replace our aging, overloaded system. Now, with your help meeting this dollar for dollar match will allow us to serve the community's composting needs.

As a compost drop-off site listed by NYC Sanitation, 100s of "depositors" already come from far and wide to drop off to us. We estimate that we have at least 150 composters dropping by on at least a biweekly basis and interest grows by the month. Despite limited hours due to COVID-19, enthusiasm remains high: at current rates we estimate we will compost over 3 tons of material annually.  Depositors who are first timers not only recycle their organic waste, but some return to the garden as guests to enjoy the beauty and solace, some join as members and others attend our public events. Everyone is welcome to take finished compost for their own greening projects. We offer composting to residents from all over Brooklyn, particularly those who can walk or bike to us from among the most diverse census tracts in the nation.  We will use our existing outreach channels, conducted in languages including Spanish, Bengali and Urdu, to attract new composters.  We also plan to have educational material on site appropriate to educating children about composting. 

the steps

We are already in discussion with several experienced compost bin builders from whom we will seek bids.  We are targeting the month of November to finalize our design and select a contractor.  In early December, garden volunteers will demolish the old bins. This will leave time over the winter for the contractor, over just several days, build out the new bin system.  By the time of the spring re-opening of the garden to the public, all will be ready to welcome old friends and a new wave of compost depositors.

why we're doing it

Everyone one who wishes to compost their household food scraps should be able to find a convenient location to do so, in addition to returning to the earth their organic waste.  We want all to help beatify the community and nurture the garden.  We can't count on city government to meet our composting needs in an era of budget cutting.  Let's build local self-sufficiency!

budget

Contracted carpentry -- 2,500
Materials -- 1,000
Signage and educational materials-- 100
Reserve for ongoing repair and maintenance-- 465
Outreach online and flyers, etc. --200
10% Contingency --500



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $4,765
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $125
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$75
TOTAL TO RAISE = $5,000

Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.

updates

We Made It!

Thank you to one and all donors and campaign promoters for helping us reach our $5,000 goal, taking full advantage of the generous 1:1 match from Partnerships for Parks and IOBY.org.  Now we can complete the rebuilding of the compost area in preparation for re-opening in Spring, 2021.  We can't say enough about the outpouring of grassroots support that will allow composting to continue for the whole community, in style.  

We could not have done it without each of you.  Thank you!

You can keep up-to-date on garden activities on website https://eastfourthstreetgarden.tumblr.com

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Debra Kaufman
  • murray l.
  • Erica V.
  • Amanda M.
  • Matt C.
  • Carolina Z.
  • Marissa N-P
  • Adam K.
  • Jennifer W.
  • Jodi B.
  • Joy Rich
  • Rachel & Rich
  • Lily M.
  • Linda S.
  • Ryan & Angie
  • Kyle Moriwaki
  • Alexander E.
  • Grace L.
  • marian t.
  • Dara S.
  • Anonymous
  • Kai
  • Anonymous
  • Marta Thurston
  • Sarah K.
  • Sarah & Alex
  • anna k.
  • Elizabeth L.
  • Maya E.
  • Anonymous
  • Anney O.
  • Anonymous
  • Susan Slovak
  • Matt G.
  • Amy F.
  • Ilana A
  • Jill Cornell
  • Denise C.
  • Magdalen S.
  • LK Windsor Terrace
  • Tania Z K.
  • Megan Elias and Preston Johnson
  • Meema S.
  • Adam J.
  • Andrea S.
  • Kaya Laterman
  • Anne K.
  • Anonymous
  • Marie and John N.
  • Eric B.
  • Harry and Walsh
  • Anonymous
  • Colin K.
  • Anonymous
  • Rita C.
  • Ann A.
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Regan and Chris V.
  • Julien K.
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • D Urra
  • Amanda Cooper
  • Maria & Kjartan
  • Sandra
  • Anne Cole Norman
  • Elizabeth Royzman
  • Kelly Roberts
  • Gregory C.