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QBG Farm and Compost

About QBG Farm & Compost Site

QBG Farm and Compost Site is an exciting partnership with the NYC Compost Project which is funded and managed by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability. Founded in 2013, QBG Farm is an on-site program that demonstrates the link between sustainable farming and food waste recycling (composting) in the heart of Queens.

Get Involved!

QBG Farm strives to teach New Yorkers about urban farming, healthy soils and environmental stewardship; all central tenets of QBG's sustainability and healthy living programs.

Sign up to volunteer on the QBG Farm by clicking here!


Sign up for upcoming Sifting Saturdays.
For the last stage in the composting process, sift cured compost that will be used on the farm at QBG to enrich the soil.

To inquire about volunteering and group tours at QBG Farm, please contact farm@queensbotanical.org.

QBG Farm & Compost Internship Program

Each year the NYC Compost Project welcomes interns to work side by side with farm and compost staff for the growing season. Interns must be able to commit to a minimum of two work days per week over a three month period of time between April and October. The internship is unpaid, but they will gain invaluable experience working in urban agriculture. Prior experience gardening or farming is preferred but not necessary. Students are encouraged to earn school or program credit for their work with QBG and to research funding opportunities through their learning institutions.

Current Internship Opportunity: Please view 2017 QBG Farm and Compost Listing here.


About QBG Farm & Compost Site

QBG Farm and Compost Site invite the public to participate in growing food and to learn about the importance of soil health. QBG Farm utilizes compost made out of food scraps, yard clippings, woodchips and leaves. Using compost encourages growth of beneficial fungi and bacteria in the soil and gives plants and soil necessary nutrients from a natural source. To complete the nutrient cycle, spent plants from the Farm are composted and used to rebuild the soil for the following season.

Vegetables grown on the Farm are shared with interns, volunteers, and donated to emergency food relief programs. Crops grown on the Farm include heirloom tomatoes, beans, turnips, and a variety of kales, lettuces, peppers, and radishes. 

To further highlight the connection between compost, growing food locally, and urban waste reduction, the NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden accepts food scraps at sites throughout Queens. This aspect of the programming is in coordination with the hundreds of community compost sites across the city that are working to reduce the amount of waste New Yorkers send to landfills. Check out citywide Food Waste Drop-off Locations via NYCzerowaste. Food scraps from the drop-off site are composted and the finished compost is used on QBG Farm.

The NYC Compost Project works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally.

More information about the NYC Compost Project is available at: www.nyc.gov/compostproject

 

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