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Gregory C
179 East 4 Street
(Windsor Terrace - Kensington)
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Thanks To You The Compost Bins Are Gleaming!

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!


Disbursed budget 2.25.22

$2000 Contracted labor for carpentry

$2400 Materials for bins and bays

$222 Materials for fence

$190.08 Contingency for maintenance 

TOTAL RAISED = $5,184.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $257.45
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $79.47


Original 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

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $125
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)

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


Thanks To You The Compost Bins Are Gleaming!

Hear Ye, hear ye!  With a great outpouring of support from our neighbors, the garden compost area is now completely rebuilt with long-lasting cedar bins and a new fence to protect the privacy of the adjoining homeowner.

Enjoy a few photos, including one of our bin builder extraordinaire, Domingo Morales, whose craftsmanship and expertise is apparent.

The garden itself is resplendent in spring flowers, too.  Come visit.

We welcome compost deposits during our Open Hours periods, 3 days a week: Sat 10-12, Sun 10-12, Wed 4:30-6:30.  As we continue to maintain social distancing and limit the total number of people in the garden, we ask that you deposit your compost in the plastic toters from Big ReUse rather than the metal trash cans. They can be found at the garden entrance.  As the garden opens up more and we find our rhythm in terms of how much compost we can absorb for the garden's use vs. send off to Big ReUse, we may offer more guidance down the line. But for now--organic garbage (no animal fats, bones, etc.) can go to the toters.  

Thanks to all for the support and looking forward to seeing you in the garden.


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  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


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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