In the News

With a new garden season right around the corner, we’re pleased to see our composting efforts — and our longstanding partnership with the Park Slope Food Coop — showcased in the Linewaiters’ Gazette, a publication by the coop.

As written by Liora Fishman:

The Prospect Heights Community Farm (PHCF), on St. Marks Avenue between Vanderbilt and Underhill Avenues, stands as a testament to the power of collective environmental stewardship. The farm provides the opportunity to grow fresh produce, to share it with the local community via efforts like Victory Garden and a communal herb garden, and to teach neighbors about urban agriculture, plants and vegetables alike.

One of PHCF’s lesser-known green initiatives is a dynamic composting partnership with the Park Slope Food Coop, fostering a closed-loop system that transforms organic waste into nutrient-rich compost. In an interview with Compost Coordinator Brian Thompson, he explained how PHCF partners with the Coop to further the mission of sustainable urban living.

We’re proud of all the hard work from our composting teams who turn food scraps into fertilizer that enriches our soil. Check out the full article!

25 Smash Years

Thank you to all our members and volunteers and neighbors for a strong showing at this year’s Pumpkin Smash, celebrating 25 years! It was a beautiful November afternoon of grilling, community and of course, smashing — and diverting waste from our landfills.

A huge thanks to Foodtown, who donated 50 pounds of potatoes, both red and sweet. And finally, another big thank you to Casey, who snapped photos throughout the day. Visit our Instagram for more!

Leaf Drop 2023

The garden’s Compost Team is gearing up for this year’s leaf drop, and we need your help! We’ll be collecting bags of leaves on Sundays starting this week and into December. Our goal is to collect 120 bags to keep us in good shape through next fall.

We’ll be accepting leaves bagged in clear plastic or brown paper bags. Please no twigs, trash or compost!

Last Food Scrap Collection is December 12!

With your help, we have diverted 100,000 LB of food waste into nutrient rich compost since June 2020!

But the Pharm will no longer be accepting food scraps in two weeks. Come by tomorrow or next Sunday (10am-1pm), thereafter you will need to make new plans.

Grow NYC has resumed collection at:

  • Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Saturdays, 8 am – 2 pm
  • 7th Ave & Carlton B-Q station, Thursdays, 8-11 am 
  • Franklin Ave 2-3-4-5 Station, Thursdays, 8:30-11:30 am 

Neither rain, nor sleet…

A reminder that nothing stops the composting team at PHCF. Every Sunday of the year we are turning your food scraps into gold. brian_rain

Come by to drop off or pick up finished compost!

Compost Team expanding Food Scrap Drop off

With the growing demand and popularity of our Food Scrap Drop off service and with the support of the NYC Compost Project and BigReuse, the Farm will be expanding our Sunday sidewalk drop off hours to 11am – 2 pm.

284 people, 1,300+ lbs and 6 toters full in 2 hours time last Sunday!

Compost is Saved (again)!

After losing our overflow site last week, PHCF has started a new relationship, working in collaboration with the NYC Compost Project to fill the void left by the City’s 90% cut in funding to citywide compost services.

IT’S ON! Bring us your food scraps on Sundays from 10 – 12 in October (and HEADS UP… soon to be shifting to 12 – 2 in November!).  

Reminders of what to and what not to compost here.

Compost Capacity Expanded!

Wondering where to compost? Bring it to the Farm!

Now with the generous support of NatureBasedwe are able to significantly expand the amount of food scraps we accept on Sundays. So, bring us your Food Scraps, Sundays 10 – 12 noon


New Compost Drop Off Hours

Beginning this Sunday, May 24th, Prospect Heights Community Farm will roll out a partial re-opening of Food Scrap Drop Offs for the community! 

During this PAUSE period, PHCF seeks to restart, within our limited capacity, the incorporation of your food scraps into our compost system as safely and efficiently as possible. Towards that end, drop offs will be accepted differently than usual – received by a volunteer at the (closed) front gate of the garden with a face covering and appropriate social distancing required. 

What: Food Scrap Drop Off
When: Sundays 10 – 12 pm Where: On the outside of the (closed) front gate.
How: Mask or face covering required for drop off. 

Free Compost Workshop Sunday June 9th 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Come to this free workshop to learn the basics of compost and composting! On Sunday, June 9th 1:00-2:00 pm, Master Composter Judy Sackoff will introduce you to the world of compost and answer these questions:
  • What exactly is compost?
  • How do you make compost?
  • Why should I compost?
You’ll also have an opportunity to closely examine compost produced by Prospect Heights Community Farm’s own compost team and get a quick tour of the site.
There’s no registration required — just show up!
Where: Prospect Heights Community Farm, 252-256 St Marks Ave, Brooklyn, NY
When: Sunday, June 9th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm