Enhance your skills and your soil. Join a public workshop.
Saturday, Sept. 9, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Compost Demonstration SiteLet worms convert your food scraps into compost for your plants. Learn how to set-up, care for, harvest and use vermicompost from a worm bin.

Empower Your Business with Bespoke Strategies: New Course Equips Professionals with Expertise

One-hour workshops are free but registration is recommended. Register here

News from our Community Partners

The Daffodil Project

The Daffodil Project was founded in 2001 as a living memorial to September 11th. With over 6.5 million free bulbs planted citywide by more than 100,000 school kids, parks and gardening groups, civic organizations, corporate volunteers and other New Yorkers, it is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the city’s history.
Bulbs are free to civic organizations, individuals, corporate volunteer groups, schools, and community leaders who commit to planting them in a park or public space such as a schoolyard, street tree pit, or community garden. You sign up for the number of bulbs you want now, and then pick them up later this fall when it’s time to plant them in the ground.
Sign up for free bulbs online at
Registration closes at 3pm Friday, September 1st.
Staten Island pick up: Saturday, 10/21 at the Tennis House at Silver Lake Park 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM. From 12:30-1:00 PM, unclaimed bulbs will be distributed.
Partnerships for Parks
REGISTER HERE to attend next FREE Partnerships Academy Workshop, Staten Island Parks Connections. At this workshop, you will meet other Staten Island volunteers who support parks, and find out about resources that will help you reach your goals. We will also serve a delicious brunch as you network with staff & volunteers!

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 11 am to 1:30 pm
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center in Staten Island.

Panel of speakers will include:

  • Adena Long, Deputy Commissioner for UPS and Public Programs, who will share about recreational & educational opportunities in NYC parks and recreation centers.
  • Shawn Whitehorn, Program Coordinator for Citizen’s Committee for New York City, who will share about grant opportunities of up to $3000 at Citizen’ Committee available for Staten Island park groups.
  • Community group leaders: Maxine Wild of Friends of Kivlehan Park, Jim Scarcella of the Natural Resources Protective Association, and Cliff Hagan from Protectors of Pine Oak Woods will share accomplishments in fundraising, getting their 501(c)3 status, holding events, and more.
  • Partnerships for Parks Outreach Coordinators for Staten Island, Stefanie Gutierrez & Carmine Raimondi


Looking to get your hands dirty? Join a volunteer workday! Learn how to make compost by helping community partners make compost. Events are rain or shine so dress appropriately.

Turn & Learn
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terr.,  Compost Demonstration Site
First Wednesday of the month |Second & Third Saturdays of the month
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 9, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 16, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PMThe best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learn will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. If you help us make compost, you can take compost.

Farm & Garden Work Days
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden 1000 Richmond Terr.
First Wednesday of the month @ Heritage Farm
Third Saturday of the month @ Compost Demonstration Garden

Learn about the connections between soil, plants, and human health at our Farm & Garden Work Days.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM @ Heritage Farm
Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM @ Compost Demonstration Garden

Register Here!

97 Myrtle Ave

Find out how composting can really heat things up! Help process 500 pounds of food scraps collected by GrowNYC from local Greenmarkets at a community garden.

Help start a new community garden!   
Join the Stapleton Community Garden team. Community partners GreenThumb are hard at work building a new garden on Hill Street. Interested parties should contact GreenThumb Outreach Coordinator Anthony Reuter at

LOCAL ORGANICS RECOVER Neighborhood organics drop-off sites and compost the material locally at sites managed by NYC Compost Project staff. Drop-off sites located at greenmarkets, major public transit stations, public libraries, and other popular locations let residents recycle their waste conveniently.ORGANICS

Bring your food scraps to a drop-off site below!

Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace
Compost Demonstration Site
Drop off your food scraps any day the park is open from dawn to dusk

Learn what to drop off here!

Effective September 1, 2017 the following food scrap drop-offs will be closed.

Borough Hall at Baker Square
Hyatt Street at Borough Hall
Mariners Harbor
22 Roxbury Street
75 Hill Street
We apologize for the inconvenience.  Please feel free to visit our other food scrap drop-off locations.

Interested in receiving updates on waste prevention, reuse, and recycling in NYC? Sign up for the DSNY Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability’s monthly newsletter here.

Want to connect with other compost enthusiasts? Join the NYC Community Composting Google Group here.
Attention Gardeners!

Shephali is excited about sharing her passion and deep love for soil, farming, and teaching through her work as Compost & Farm Educator. Her role will be split between building models that display the interconnections between soil, compost, agriculture, and human health, and empowering others to use this knowledge to create positive changes in their communities and in their own lives. Shephali has a background in farming flowers, herbs, and vegetables using traditional methods that focus on supporting soil health as a foundational practice. When she’s not with her compost compatriots, you can find her learning from plants and searching for someone to teach her kulning.
Compost & Farm Educator

Shephali Patel
Natalie joined our team in January 2016 as an Organics Recovery Coordinator and since September 2016 as an Outreach Coordinator. She previously spent a year and a half managing and operating the Food Scraps Composting Laboratory at Kean University in Union, NJ while spending a summer grow season working as a farm hand and educator at a 6-acre urban farm. When not getting her hands dirty from compost, she loves to be outdoors hiking or camping, exploring new food spots, and searching for new adventures for her wanderlust thirst. Natalie is excited to be back on Staten Island using her compost skills, passion, and knowledge for the community.
Natalie Nowlen
Outreach Coordinator
Carol is the Project Manager of the NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. She is a certified Master Composter, student of the NYBG Garden Certificate Program, co-chair of Staten Island Grow to Give, and a lead organizer for the Staten Island Green Umbrella group. In her spare time she might be found crafting plant-based personal care products, learning new recipes or wondering if mortality composting will ever be featured on The Walking Dead.
Project Manager


Carol Hooper
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
Compost Hotline 
The NYC Compost Project, created by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) in 1993, works to rebuild NYC’s soils by providing New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to make and use compost locally. NYC Compost Project programs are implemented by DSNY-funded teams at seven host organizations, including Brooklyn Botanic GardenBuild It Green!NYC,  Earth Matter NYLower East Side Ecology CenterQueens Botanical GardenSnug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, and  The New York Botanical Garden. Learn more: