6th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum: Event Schedule at a Glance

Date: 5 Feb 2019 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail


6th National Cultivating Community Composting Forum!

May 11-14, 2019
New York City




Registration is required to attend all events.

This 4-day event will feature a training and field day, a tour of NYC community compost sites, and 2 days of community composters sharing their best practices and lessons learned in a peer-to-peer format. Topics will include: the business of community composting, the compost-soil connection, equipment and small-scale systems, outreach and communications, volunteer/staff management, best management practices for the compost process, and composting for social and environmental justice. Learn about successful initiatives and how to adapt lessons learned to your projects and community.

This Schedule at a Glance is subject to change and updates.


Saturday, May 11

Community Composter Training & Field Day

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Earth Matter NY, Governors Island
More info here.

Informal Happy Hour & Networking

4:30 p.m.
Governors Island, venue TBD (weather permitting)


Sunday, May 12

Tours of New York City Community Compost Sites

Choose among four options. Registration and more info coming soon.

Bike Tour & BBQ

1 p.m. – 7 p.m. followed by BBQ!
This bike tour will stop at six sites starting at the Lower East Side and end up in Queens for a BBQ social! Stops will include: Big Reuse Queensbridge Site (ASP GoreCover system) and the Smiling Hogshead Ranch (7 ways to compost). This tour is about 7 miles in total and has some elevation.

Walking Tour of East Harlem Community Garden Compost Sites

This walking tour will feature community garden sites in East Harlem engaged in community composting. Tour will be within walking distance of the HI New York City Hostel.

Bus Tours – TBD

One or more bus tours will feature a number of sites in Brooklyn and Queens such as BK ROT in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. The tour may extend into the Bronx.


Monday & Tuesday, May 13-14

Cultivating Community Composting Forum

Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
HI New York City Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Ave., New York City


New York City Rocks Community Composting!
New York City has more than 250 community compost sites located throughout its five boroughs. These operations span different systems, organizational structures, and sizes. Hear how the City supports food scrap collection at farmers markets, community composting, demonstration sites, and training through its NYC Compost Project. NYC site operators will share lessons learned and tips for replication.

It’s All About the Soil
How does compost enhance and interact with the soil? How does it sequester carbon and contribute to climate resilience? This panel will address these questions as well as how to utilize compost for growing food, managing nutrients and stormwater, and controlling soil erosion.

Composting for Social & Environmental Justice
This panel will feature practitioners addressing social, environmental, and food justice issues through their composting operations and activities.  

Best Management Practices and Rodent Control
In this interactive session, experts will talk and answer questions about best management practices for community-scale sites and how to avoid rodents, nuisance odors, and pathogens.

The Business of Community Composting
This panel will feature presentations on starting a composting company, challenges and opportunities working with local governments, scaling up your business, the pros and cons of community partnerships, entity structures, financing, and more.

Peer-to-Peer Chats on Select Topics:
   • Outreach & Education
   • Metrics & Measuring Success
   • Permitting & Other Policies
   • Best Management Practices
   • Business & Financing
   • Equipment and Systems
   • Logistics & Routing
   • Volunteer/Staff Management
   • Insurance
   • Vermicomposting
   • Bokashi, Black Soldier Flies, & Other Non-Composting Strategies

Hacks & Innovations
In this session, participants will have the opportunity to share clever strategies, tips, and techniques for accomplishing familiar tasks more easily and efficiently. These are done as informal lightning talks. No presentation, no slides. Each participant has 90 seconds. Aim is fast transfer of information by as many peers as possible.


Monday, May 13


7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
HI New York City Hostel, 891 Amsterdam Ave., New York City


Virginia Streeter
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Virginia Streeter is a Research Associate for the Composting for Community Project.