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Corner of President St. and Van Brunt St.
Brooklyn (Red Hook)
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Thanks For Helping with our New Composters!

the project

From many years of neglect and dumping, the soil in the Urban Meadow is poor. The most natural way to improve the soil is by using compost; rich organic matter that provides the right nutrients for plants. Currently we throw out bags of garden scraps and end up buying mulch to improve the poor soil in the Meadow. In addition, as in most communities, too much household waste is dumped into the garbage.

the steps

We would begin our project by composting garden waste including weeds, leaves, debris from the winter,etc. After a learning period using garden waste, we will begin a pilot program with 10 households who can recycle their household food scraps (fruit and vegetable waste mainly) in the composters. This would reduce the waste thrown out by households in the community and reuse organic materials for the garden. We will install the composters and begin using them this spring. We will have sessions where members learn to use the composters properly, and we will begin educating members about recycling household waste in the composters. After the pilot period, which will go through the spring, we aim to expand to all Urban Meadow members who would like to participate. Within six months we hope that both garden leavings and household material will be regularly composted in the Urban Meadow.

why we're doing it

Having composters in the Meadow would allow us to create compost from garden scraps rather than throw bags of leaves, weeds and other debris into the garbage. Compost will improve the quality of the soil in the Meadow using organic methods. The household waste program will allow community members to reduce the amount of garbage they throw away.

budget

These composters were priced from the Gardener's Supply Company (www.gardeners.com)- We may also be able to purchase these items from other sources, such as Home Depot or Lowes
Two Aerobin composters - $399 each = $798
ioby fee = $64

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Thanks For Helping with our New Composters!

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This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

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