[Media Advisory] Queens Compost Bike Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Queens Compost Bike Tour

Queens, NYC – June 6, 2015: Space is at a premium and waste is an ever-increasing concern. The NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden has teamed up with organizers at Smiling Hogshead Ranch to host a bike tour of community compost sites in Queens, spanning from Flushing to Long Island City. Come see the great work being done by Queens composters, talk trash with like-minded folks and visit the individuals helping to rebuild NYC’s soil, neighborhood by neighborhood.

The tour will stop at seven community compost sites in Queens. Riders will experience innovation across the borough by meeting community composters developing compost sites within community gardens, rooftops, and even vacant land underneath highways! We will bike together, visit the people who make compost happen, and see the spaces they work in. Though these actions we will highlight the community aspect of community composting by fostering our connection to, and understanding of, the neighborhood projects and infrastructure that are improving our local environment.

Join us for conversations about the future of our organic waste, learn about the decomposition process and witness an important cycle of life that is normally hidden in plain sight here in New York.

Cyclists are encouraged to RSVP to compost[at]queensbotanical[dot]org so organizers can appropriately plan for food at the BBQ, which will follow the ride. Get social and share this ride with friends, the more the merrier! https://www.facebook.com/events/915715055147439/

Ride date & schedule: Sunday June, 14, 2015

1:30-1:45pm- Gather at Queens Botanical Garden (Parking Garden entrance on Crommelin Street)

1:45-2:00pm- Tour Queens Botanical Garden’s site

2:00pm- Bike tour group departs from Queens Botanical Garden

2:30-2:45 St. Marks Church/Farmspot compost site

3-3:30pm- JH SCRAPS

3:45-4:15 Sunny Compost

4:45-5:15 Brooklyn Grange

5:45-6pm NYC Compost Project hosted by Build It Green’s compost site at the Queensbridge Baby Park

6:30 End of tour: BBQ and site tour of Smiling Hogshead Ranch, including six different composting methods being demonstrated. Including the unveiling of our newest addition, ThermoSense is a technologically advanced compost monitoring system, installed in partnership with We Radiate and funded by the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board’s CCNYC 2015 Composting Grant.

Media contacts:

Gil Lopez SmilingHogsheadRanch[at]gmail[dot]com 407.432.8156

Jeremy Teperman jteperman[at]queensbotanical[dot]org 718.216.0589

Sashti Balasundaram WeRadiateNY[at]gmail[dot]com @WeRadiateNY

The NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden

The NYC Compost Project helps to reduce waste in NYC and rebuild NYC’s soils by giving New Yorkers the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to produce and use compost locally. Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.

Smiling Hogshead Ranch

Created in 2011, the Ranch is a member driven community, farming on abandoned railroad property in Long Island City, Queens. We are using urban agriculture and ideas of reskilling to connect city dwellers to our food systems, urban ecology, and to one another.  Our members strive to create fun, interactive experiences with opportunities to both learn and share. More information is available at http://www.SmilingHogsheadRanch.org

We Radiate

We Radiate aims to create tools to encourage decentralization of the organics collection process and allow high-quality compost to remain local.  We Radiate aims to minimize landfill disposal by shifting waste management practices to encourage local organic composting efforts and focuses on community engagement to enhance local capacity.

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