The Prospect Heights Community Farm is proud to offer composting opportunities for its neighbors. The garden’s compost efforts are managed by a dedicated team of volunteers who work to ensure that the system is safe, healthy, and functional.
Compost may be dropped off by anyone whenever the garden is open. If you’re interested in composting but you’ve never done it before, please visit on a Sunday from 10am-12pm during summer hours or come to the next monthly meeting to learn more. Becoming a Garden Member entitles you to access the composting bins at your convenience.
PHCF Composting Rules
- Prepare your donation at home
- Kitchen Scraps: Remove stickers, rubber bands and twist ties. Chop into three-inch pieces or one quarter of their original size, whichever is smaller.
- Flowers or weeds: Pieces should be no longer than six inches.
- Do not include meat, dairy, or diseased plants.
- Make all drop-offs only into the marked metal bins at the back of the garden
- Always cover fresh materials with “browns” — sawdust, wood chips, or dried leaves — which are available in nearby drums
- Take your plastic bags and disposable containers out of the garden after a drop-off. The garden is not equipped to handle trash.
- NEVER leave compost near the gate or the curb. Garden volunteers cannot be responsible for other people’s mess and your abandoned compost can attract vermin.
Why the rules?
Prospect Heights Community Farm is one of only a few remaining on-site food composting facilities in Brooklyn. We accept food scraps at no cost, with no membership requirements, no external funding, and use substantial amounts of all-volunteer labor to produce a finished compost product that stays right here in Brooklyn. The facility is under the watchful eye of the NYC Dept. of Health and discerning noses of our surrounding neighbors and could be shut down at any time if we are found to cause a nuisance with odors or vermin. If we break the rules and lose access to local composting, we’ll have nobody to blame but ourselves. Repeat offenders of the following basic rules will lose composting privileges.
STOP & CHOP: NO WHOLE VEGETABLES OF ANY KIND!
Potatoes that go into compost looking like potatoes come out looking like potatoes (and smelling a whole lot worse). So do lemons…and grapefruits…and kiwis…and onions…and eggplants….and carrots…and peppers…and loaves of bread…and (well, you get the idea). Anyone found leaving whole vegetables will be asked to remove them from the bin and thoroughly chop them before being allowed to return the contents to the bin.
COVER ME: LEAVE NO FOOD SCRAPS EXPOSED!
After you’ve emptied your chopped scraps into the bin, mix them with the existing materials, then fully cover the pile with an equal amount of carbon-rich browns. Your nitrogen-rich greens provide nutrients and moisture to the compost, while the browns provide energy, absorb excess moisture, facilitate air-flow, prevent compaction, and reduce smell. Thank you for putting in the time and effort to compost your kitchen waste. Composting makes a difference, but only if it’s done right. We are always in need of help. It’s a rewarding endeavor and great exercise. If you are interested in joining the team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see GrowNYC’s greenmarket compost collection schedule for alternative locations to drop off your food scraps!