BORO Magazine has a great event planned – it’s a party that’s a fundraiser for the Western Queens Compost Initiative (WQCI), a program of the well-regarded Astoria reuse facility Built It Green! (they also have a location in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn). WQCI’s mission is to “increase capacity for, acceptance of, and participation in composting in western Queens. We provide composting infrastructure for Greenmarkets, CSA’s, community gardens, an urban farm and public events. Our compost is used to grow food, feed trees, and beautify public spaces.” (more…)
Through crowdfunding and partnerships with city parks, the Western Queens Compost Initiative (WQCI) opened in 2009, giving us another way to participate in the local green community, like joining a community supported agriculture (CSA) program. WQCI manages the salvaged food scraps, helping the organic matter decompose into nutrient-rich compost. After this process, the “black gold” is used to enrich soils around street trees and in community gardens throughout western Queens, and at Brooklyn Grange, a one-acre rooftop farm in Long Island City. In other words, your peach pits and tangerine peels can promote positive growth of all kinds—plant growth and economic growth, for starters—in western Queens.