Barbara Muesing, our resident City Service Corps member, is back to provide us with a wrapup of all the volunteer activity at the NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse this spring season. A huge thanks to Erycka de Jesus and Barbara for their tireless work to promote sustainability in our community!
This Spring was a Big success for the NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse. We aimed to diversify and extend our reach in Western Queens and Northern Brooklyn communities, paying particular attention to our own neighborhood, Astoria. We achieved this by engaging volunteers and spreading knowledge about compost and it’s many uses. We teamed up with schools and other community groups to involve local volunteers in all things compost. Together we created a small garden in front of our Big Reuse warehouse in Astoria, we weeded, mulched, and applied compost in Queensbridge park with Partnership for Parks, and we worked with 80 youth from Our World Neighborhood Charter School to care for trees at our biggest event of the Spring. Here’s more of the exciting things we’ve accomplished in the past few months:
- Cared for 66 street trees, removing trash from the tree pit, cultivating the ground, and applying compost to help them grow
- Attracted 314 volunteers of all ages from across the city – 200 children and 114 adults
- Recruited 94 NY Cares volunteers
- 8 people liked our events so much, they showed up for more than one!
- Held collaborative events with Partnership for Parks, Greening Greenpoint, and Socrates Sculpture Park
- Cared for street trees near 3 of our food scrap drop-off sites – Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens Library at Steinway, and McGolrick Park Down to Earth Farmer’s Market
- Gave away 684 bags and 37 cubic yards of compost, for a total of 69 cubic yards, to local greening groups to use in their community projects
- Gave away 77 bags of mulch