Compost is open May through October, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (or sundown).
During our season (May through October), contribute (chopped!) food scraps Wednesdays between 6:00p and 7:30p (or sundown). No meat, oils or dairy, please!
About ASCF Composting:
We run four composters at a time – created compost/soil is used to improve beds at our community farm, increasing our yields and the amount of food we can give to Christopher House’s food pantry.
We ask that neighbors respect the Wednesday drop off time, as our compost space is limited and we need our volunteers to accept and sort scraps for composting. No dumping – thanks!
All contributions should be:
- CHOPPED or broken up into small bits (bite size)
- Pesticide and fertilizer-free (including yard waste)
- Any weeds being added MUST be SEED FREE (or seeds will get replanted)
Pro-tip: Collect your fruit and veggie scraps in a bag in the freezer. Prevents slimy veggies and gross smells – plus freezing helps the food begin its breakdown process!
What to contribute:
|GREAT GREENS||BANGIN’ BROWNS||NO DICE!|
|Fruit and vegetable scraps||Fallen leaves||Cooked food of any kind|
|Coffee grounds (including filters)||Straw and hay||Meat, fish, bones or animal parts|
|Young weeds (without seeds)||Grains, breads or beans|
|Grass clippings||Dairy products, grease or fat|
|Animal waste or feces|
|Treated wood scraps or sawdust|
What’s Compost? — Free Fertilizer
Composting is natureʼs way of recycling. You can turn your fruit, vegetable and garden scraps into a dark, crumbly, nutrient-rich soil conditioner. Composting benefits the environment by recycling valuable organic resources, and supports our garden by improving the fertility and water retention of the soil.
Basic Composting requires Four Ingredients: Browns, Greens, Air and Water.
Browns are Carbon-rich matter like dry leaves and straw. Greens are typically Nitrogen-rich, “wet” matter like fruit and vegetable scraps. When layered or mixed in proper proportion with adequate moisture and ventilation, these materials efficiently decompose, producing fertilizer for the garden.
Food and paper decompose by themselves in nature. They are, however, the two largest components in landfills, accounting for nearly 50% of all municipal solid waste. There is more food and paper in landfills than diapers, styrofoam, and tires — combined. According to the US EPA, food waste is the #1 least recycled material.
Landfills are layered deep and saturated with water. No oxygen can penetrate. As a result, even “biodegradable” waste will remain embalmed for centuries to come. Landfills produce methane, a harmful greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide (according to the US EPA), and leach toxic chemicals into our air and drinking water.
In addition, we are running out of landfill space—stories abound of ocean dumping and trash exported to poorer countries. Landfill costs are skyrocketing, which means higher fees and taxes for everyone. The organic nutrients present in food and paper waste are removed from the food chain, requiring gardeners and farmers to instead rely on chemical fertilizers to replenish the soil. Governments around the world are enacting regulations to limit trash and increase recycling, and composting is one of the best ways to do so.
If you’d like more information about composting and contributing – or if you want to get involved with composting at the ASCF – contact us and ask the Compost Crew.
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