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Green Rooftop Farm Gets Even Greener!

Check out what DNAinfo has to say about Solar Powered Composting!!

Brooklyn Grange's Queens rooftop farm will soon have a finished composting system built by our own BIG!Compost team! Food waste generated from the farm plus Coffeed, the coffee shop on the first floor of the building, will be repurposed and turned into valuable fertilizer for Brooklyn Grange.

Engineered by Peter Moon of O2Compost, the composting system is consisted of 4 wooden bins, each holding about 3.5 cubic yards of materials. The bins are built with removable slates so they can size up or down. Also, plastic pipes with holes that are running along the bottom of the bins will force air into the pile for better and faster decomposition of the waste.

But how is the system powered, you may ask? By the sun! The system has a small solar panel that captures solar energy no matter what the weather's like. After several weeks of decomposition, the compost will be put in a separate pile to be stabilized. Once finished, it will be used for growing better-tasting veggies and herbs!

This article was written by BIG!Compost intern, Sangmin Pak. Photos taken by Mark Carroll.

The greenhouse gas emissions prevented by our diversion efforts is equivalent to saving 360,000 gallons of gasoline!

Our Big Gives Back program has given away $300,000 worth of materials benefiting NYC's community and environment.

Our Big Blooms program has given away 5,345 pieces of retired lumber to build 2,226 garden beds in over 1,269 community and school gardens.

Our Food Scrap Drop-off program serviced 1000 households per week in 2015!

We processed 765,477 pounds of food scraps and accepted 237,554 pounds of wood chips and leaf matter in 2015! That's over 1 million pounds of organic material diverted from landfills!