Thanks to the Healthy Communities Initiatives grant through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Fairgate Farm kicked off its composting program in the fall of 2016. Since that time, we have worked with individuals and community partners to accept food waste, and each year we divert nearly 6,000 pounds of compostable material from landfills.
In 2019 we composted 5 tons. That fall, we received a second grant from the EPA, “Heaps for Health.” This grant will enable Fairgate Farm to increase organic material recovery rates and demonstrate the impact of composting on the health of the community while being environmentally responsible.
Our composting initiative accepts drop-offs all year round, and it’s easy too! Follow the Do’s and Don’ts of composting listed at right, and drop your items in the black cart by the left side of our main Farm gate.
We will be accepting pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns in November and will continue to accept compost throughout the winter months.
If you would like to learn more about home composting, please register for one of our composting classes or stop by the Farm where we’re always happy to help you!