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Now Planning

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We have closed our compost site in Crown Heights for the time being as we focus our energies on getting the new site in South Williamsburg up and running. So our intake number (upper right) will remain stagnant as we regroup and organize for more compost and related activities to come, soon!

Lincoln Station

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ExcessNYC’s collection of food waste from small businesses in Brooklyn began today! We are collecting and composting the coffee grounds from Lincoln Station, a new cafe in Prospect Heights. Yeah!!!

Coming Soon

The success of this project will be in part reflected by how much organic waste we can divert from landfill. We are still in the process of setting up our compost site in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and hope to have it fully operable in Spring 2013. When we do, we will post our lbs diverted from landfill in the upper right corner of this page!

Interested in vounteering? Please email us at INFO AT EXCESSNYC DOT ORG. We are looking for helpers with the compost site & riding the bike for pick up and deliveries in Prospect Heights/Crown Heights.

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Soil & the Scope

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Using a microscope to examine life or microbes in the soil is something we are continuing to learn. This way we can confirm that we have more “good” guys than “bad” in our cured compost, providing the necessary nutrients and soil structure to support our garden. You can get lost in the images that pass under the lens! Here is more action on Youtube.

ASP Composter

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Took a tour of Build it Green’s Queens Plaza and Brooklyn Grange compost facilities thanks to Louise Bruce. The Aerated Static Pile (ASP) system was beautiful. No turning necessary! And solar powered to boot.

Bagged

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Ready for delivery. Batch #001. This was coffee, food scraps, Brooklyn Christmas trees, city park leaves… and it’s now Brooklyn Gold. Heading out for drop off.

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Keys to Beford Ave!

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We are thrilled to announce that we have just signed paperwork with the city to run a new green space in South Williamsburg. We are working with some great people and our focus will be on compost/food rescue, urban ag and water reclamation. We will even be building out a lab ON SITE where we will continue our microscopy work, looking for the right balance of life in the soil, among other things. More info will be posted here as we move forward! Yeah!

Bagged for ArtShop!

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We have just bagged some really great smelling compost for Artshop, Franklin Street Works’ popup shop to celebrate its 2nd year anniversary. This is our summer compost that has been curing in our Crown Heights lot for several weeks & recently got a shot of inoculum from Rodale Institute.

Pentagon Report: Climate Change

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A Pentagon study from 2003 raised the possibility that global warming could prove a greater risk to the world than terrorism. The study notes that “agricultural areas [in the US] suffer from soil loss due to higher wind speeds and reduced soil moisture.” Read the full report.

2nd Work Day 6/28!

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There is another work day tomorrow, Sat June 28, from 11-3pm at the 347 Keap Street lot. We are spreading more fill as well as topsoil and mulch. Come ready to work (city provides tools!) and meet the other gardeners. Forecast does not look great — we will post rain date if there is one. Hope to see you there!

At Work on New Lot

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Thanks to all the folks who showed up today to spread the fill and get cracking at our new lot. It was hot and there was little shade but people dug in and we got a lot done. Design meeting with the city this Tuesday! Email us if you want to get involved.