The Conservancy had its penultimate compost build of the season this past Sunday (November 17). With great help from students, parents, and teachers from Excellence Charter Boys School of Bedford Stuyvesant, as well as students from Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene, we processed over 10,000 pounds of food scraps and sifted the finished compost from the past months’ builds.
The next generation of composters.
Food scrap collection has been on the rise the past few months; monthly builds used to cap off at 8,000 pounds but recent collections have been consistently coming in around 10,000 pounds. Although food collection is ramped up, our fantastic volunteers are still finishing the piles in less than four hours. Also, at the end of the summer Philip Silva, a PhD candidate from Cornell University, developed a compost calculator for us to determine the adequate ratio of leaves, sawdust and woodchips (carbon sources) to food scrap and coffee grounds (nitrogen sources). Following a few revisions by Christian Jungers, an avid compost volunteer, the compost calculator is now leading to some of the smoothest builds the GCC has seen.
The pile was particularly beautiful this past week as GrowNYC dropped off bags full of fall leaves to incorporate with the food scraps. Leaf pile anyone?
The day was finished off with a delicious barbecue cooked up by the GCC staff.