BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Green thumbs in Bed-Stuy can super-charge their gardens with a helping of free compost this week, part of soil giveaway at a neighborhood community garden.
New Yorkers for Responsible Waste Management, a trade association, is giving away free compost to any takers on Friday and Saturday outside the Hattie Carthan Community Garden on Marcy Avenue between Clifton Place and Lafayette Street.
The giveaway is taking place Friday and Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m.
The compost, which was processed at McEnroe Organic Farm in Columbia County, New York, is packed with nutrients to help things grow, according to Kendall Christiansen, executive director of New Yorkers for Responsible Waste Management.
“I can’t guarantee it will make your tomatoes grow bigger, but it’s definitely packed with good stuff, and it’s super rich,” he said. “You might even need to blend it in with other soil, because it’s beyond dirt. This is the good stuff.”
The black gold is made up of food waste, yard waste, and horse and cow manure, and will help increase the soil's ability to hold water and adds much needed nutrients to whatever garden bed or tree it's added to, Christiansen said.
Christiansen’s group teamed up with GrowNYC, which oversees the city’s nascent curbside composting program, and said that it’s possible some of the compost could have originated with organic waste transported to McEnroe Farm from New York City.
Compost giveaway, Hattie Carthan Community Garden, Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.