Composting report and other data from 2017

Winter composting

As our followers and community are aware, we have compost drop-off hours every Saturday to accept plant-based food scraps for compost. We also are currently collecting unsellable produce from the Windsor Terrace Food Coop and coffee grounds from Steeplechase Coffee. In our three-bin system, food scraps take about 6–9 months to decompose and then are sifted into usable compost. How does that all add up?

This year we took in 9,276 lbs of food scraps and finished 1,771 lbs of compost (it’s worth noting that due to that 6–9 month processing time, this isn’t a direct in/out relationship). Historically, this was our third biggest compost processing year (at least in the last five years that we have records for):

Prospect Farm Compost 2012–2017

The NYC Dept. of Sanitation started their curbside organics collection in our neighborhood October 2013, which accounts for much of the decrease from 2014 and 2015, as our neighbors increasingly took advantage of that program. Our partnerships with WTFC (which accounted for 2,082 lbs of our food scraps total this year) and Steeplechase (which accounted for 1,143 lbs) have helped us make up the difference!

What other data do we have up our sleeves? Here are our harvest tallies from last year, which shows clearly how gloriously our cucumbers did last year and how much more kale we all grew and harvested above all other greens.


Happy New Year from Prospect Farm

We are seeing 2017 out with frigid temperatures and more snow! As the farm is settles into its winter hibernation, most of our work is composting and shoveling. We’ve had to cancel a couple Saturday compost drop-offs so far due to inclement weather. Our dedicated composters should check our home page or Facebook page for updates when the weather looks bad.

We’ll start planning soon for the 2018 growing season. Best wishes to all!

Tons of Compost!

Prospect Farm has collected about 2,880 lbs. of food scraps in April, May, and June 2012. When you add this amount to the 2,780 lbs. we collected in the first 3 months of the year, that’s about 2 1/2 tons of food scraps diverted from the waste stream!

Last year Prospect Farm received financial support through NYC-based crowd-resourcing platform ioby to build six new composting bins. Those bins made it possible for us to expand and improve the composting operation at the farm. We owe many thanks to our donors, as well as to our team of compost monitors and all the neighbors who save their food scraps and bring them by at our two weekly drop-offs.

Farm members and volunteers building the new compost bins in 2011

Keep those food scraps coming!

Composting takes a holiday for July 4

Due to the July 4 holiday, Prospect Farm will not be accepting compost this Wednesday. Composting drop-off will be back on its normal schedule Saturday, July 7.


“Black gold” from the Prospect Farm composting bins

Learn about composting!

Prospect Farm’s composting guru, Eileen, will be giving a short lesson on composting during compost drop-off hours this Saturday, July 7, 10AM – 12PM. All are welcome!

Volunteer Sat. May 21st: Clearing for Compost Bins

Its time to get our new 3 bin compost system up and running. Join Matt and Oren on Saturday morning to clear and level an area before we begin building. All volunteers and members are invited.

Volunteer: Clearing for Compost Bins
Saturday May 21st (canceled for heavy rain)
10 am to 3 pm (or until finished)
at Prospect Farm

Bring gloves, drinking water, and tools if you have them. Children are welcome, but must be supervised by an adult. Email with your questions. Directions to the farm are here.

Support Prospect Farm’s Compost System

Here is your chance to support Prospect Farm’s continuing efforts to reduce,  reuse and recycle!! Prospect Farm will be installing a 3 bin compost system in 2011 to streamline composting needs, improve your drop-off experience, and accelerate our process of soil remediation. We are working with to raise the funds in Spring 2011.

How You Can Help –> Simply go to

Every dollar donated to this project will be matched by funds from the Brooklyn Community Foundation. We will make double the money in half the time!  Contribute to your ever-growing neighborhood project PROSPECT FARM NOW!

Thank you for all the support you have already shown and for your continued  support & friendship. For questions please contact Astri at

Winter suspension of compost drop-off after January 8th.

Greetings to all Prospect Farm supporters:

For the winter, we are temporarily suspending the collection of veggie and
fruit wastes for composting until March.  Our last drop-off date will be
January 8th, 2011 at 11 AM.  When collections are resumed in March we will
post notices online and on the fence by our compost collection site.  When
we resume, we hope that those of you who have been bringing us your
vegetable wastes will resume doing so.

Please remember to join us at our Prospect Farm Winter Pot Luck on
Wednesday, January 12th from 6 to 9 PM at Church of the Holy Apostles, 622
Greenwood Avenue (across from Brooklyn Commune.)

Until then, stay well and keep warm.

J. William Smith


Compost Drop-off Schedule Sept 2010




Wednesday, September 1 – Yasmin
Sunday, September 5 (Labor Day Weekend–No Drop-Offs)
Wednesday, September 8 – Eileen
Sunday, September 12 –  Tara
Wednesday, September 15 – Angie
Sunday, September 19 –  Jay
Wednesday, September 22 – Astri
Sunday, September 26 –  Oren
Wednesday, September 29 – Monique

Sunday, Aug. 1 – Astri Kingstone
Wednesday, Aug 4 – Jay Smith
Sunday, Aug 8 – Tara Bose
Wednesday, Aug 11 – Eileen Anderson
Sunday, Aug 15  – Jay Smith
Wednesday, Aug 18 – Yasmin
Sunday, Aug 22 – Dempsey
Wednesday, Aug 25 – Angie Pruitt
Sunday, Aug 29 – Oren Yaniv

Sunday, June 20 – Jay Smith
Wednesday, June 23 – Monique Peterson
Sunday, June 27 – Dempsey Rice
Wednesday, June 30 – Jay Smith
Sunday, July 4th – No Drop-offs
Wednesday, July 7th – Monique Peterson
Sunday, July 11th- Oren Yaniv
Wednesday, July 14th- Eileen Anderson
Sunday, July 18th-Tara Bose
Wednesday, July 21st-Jay Smith
Sunday, July 25th-Dempsey Rice
Wednesday, July 28th-Eileen Anderson