October NBCP meeting
Well the bins are built and we are ready to start processing for the 2011 season. We will be working for the next three Saturdays in June from 12pm to 2pm. Sign up to work any of these days here.
As the summer progresses and volunteering ramps up, we will add more hours.
DROP OFF HOURS CONTINUE TO BE 8am to 2pm IN THE GREENMARKET UNDER THE ORANGE TENT.
We work screening compost and doing general repairs on Fridays and Saturdays, 11am to 2pm. FYI available dates are May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 or 28. Send us an email if you plan to show up! firstname.lastname@example.org
To drop off your organic scraps, visit the orange Greenmarket tent on Saturday 8am till 2pm.
Ready for some early bird specials? Now, through a wonderful collaboration with GrowNYC’s composting pilot program, you can begin dropping off your kitchen scraps NOW! Each Saturday at the McCarren Park Greenmarket, from 8am till 2pm, you can go find Kelly (NBCP core member!) at the shiny new compost drop-off location.
Thanks to some warm, sunny days this week, compost harvesting is underway. Come take away some of this black gold, and help us do screening this Saturday, March 19, between 10am and 12pm.
Finally, thanks to a special Valentine from IOBY, we are funded to offer vermicomposting bins and a training on how to use them to area schools, offices and orgs. Let us know where you think we should offer these resources. We are already underway with a few local schools, but we have several more bins to go.
Thanks two anonymous Brooklyn donors, ioby will be running a dollar-for-dollar match campaign on Valentines Day for all Brooklyn projects! This is a great opportunity for NBCP to rally members and friends for support…
On Monday, February 14th, all donations up to $200 (there is a cap to encourage many small donors over one big one) that come in WILL BE DOUBLED! Rally your compost-loving friends to give small donations, like $10 or $20, and they will double their impact!
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Happy New Year Composters!
Thanks to all of you, The North Brooklyn Compost Project had one of the best years to date!
We composted kitchens scraps from over 400 Greenpoint and Williamsburg households between May and November 2010 — that six months of operations, 55,000 pounds of scraps and a 1,000 volunteer hours contributed by your lovely selves!
In addition to business as usual, we held composting workshops for our neighbors and shared finished compost with the wonderful gardens at the Greenpoint Reformed Soup Kitchen, the Greenpoint Shul and the Automotive High School. We also gave back to McCarren Park by feeding trees and lawn with our black gold and kicking off a leaf collection project in our beloved meadow.
Thanks to you, we raised almost $1,500 through Ioby to repair our back fence, purchase tools and install a new shed! If you haven’t walked past the site recently please do and marvel at our beautiful red shed that will keep all of our supplies nice and dry in the coming years. Also here is a little video of the installation.
We are now brainstorming about projects and education programs to make NBCP even better and to help spread the word about composting to our neighbors. If you are interested in getting more involved this spring or just have a brilliant idea to share please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are always in need of builders, graphic designers, writers, educators, coordinators, you name it! The compost site relies on the brain and brawn of all of our members! Those of you who attended our October volunteer get together and/or sent us emails with your volunteer preferences, we will be in touch in February! Get your skills ready!
We got started today on a few fall activities, learning about leaf composting (thanks, Greenmarket for partnering on the workshop!) and doing a fall feeding of our favorite tree to commemorate It’s My Park Day. Can’t wait till next weekend! More worms and leaves!
In case you can’t make it tonight to our meetup tonight at Alligator Lounge from 7-9pm…
Here is a rundown of our fall programs until the season closes. Email email@example.com if you want to jump in and support these events!
SATURDAY OCTOBER 23, 10:30AM
FALL COMPOSTING WORKSHOP w/GREENMARKET
We will be doing a workshop at the Greenmarket on fall composting…and preparing for this year’s enormous leaf pile in the triangle area, which will grow and grow as the leaves fall and fall. Come help us kick off our giant leaf nest and learn about fall composting.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 30, 12PM-1PM
PRE-HALLOWEEN WORM BIN WORKSHOP
On our last day of operations, we want to send our members home with everything they need to compost all winter long. Kate will be on hand to demonstrate an indoor vermicomposting system, and worms will be available on an all-you-can-pick basis. There will also be raking going on for the leaf pile. Volunteer with any part of the workshop or preparations!
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6, 9AM-1PM
POST-HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN SMASH
Bring your dead jack-o-lanterns and smash them, gratifyingly, against a wall. It’s going to be awesome. Volunteer this day. There will also be raking going on for the leaf pile.
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UPDATE: VOTING EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 17! PACE YOURSELF!
NBCP founding member and Master Composter, Kate Zidar, has been nominated for a Brooklyn Community Foundation’s “Do Gooder” Award, and voting is now ON. You get 5 votes per day until Oct 15 OCTOBER 17…so vote here early and often!
(This link will take you straight to the voting page: http://dogoodrighthere.org/campaigns/371)