Queens Farm makes all of its own compost here on the farm! Compost is a key component of healthy soil, which is essential to our farm and to our planet. It is dark brown, earthy-smelling, nutrient-rich and is formed as organic materials naturally break down through the work of many living organisms. Queens Farm amends its soil with finished compost each planting season in order to improve structure and fertility, promote water retention and air flow, prevent erosion, and boost biological activity. This in turn will produce healthier plants with more resistance to pests and disease. The cherry on top: Composting diverts organic matter from landfills, reducing our carbon footprint while making excellent use of a valuable resource.
A balanced compost system requires an even mix of carbon (“browns”) and nitrogen (“greens”). Here at Queens Farm, our farmers build compost with plant materials, livestock manure, leaves, and lawn clippings using windrow piles. Our integrated system also includes compost tumblers for community food scraps and a worm bin.
Community Compost Drop-off
It’s easy to support the environment by participating in Queens Farm’s Community Compost program. We accept residential food scrap donations daily. Drop-off location is just to the left of our front gate on Little Neck Parkway. Our site is walk-in only, but the farm has hand carts that can be loaned out for larger loads. We recommend using a reusable receptacle for your kitchen scraps to minimize plastic bag waste. By composting at Queens Farm, you are helping keep organic matter out of landfills and building healthy soil on the farm.
Compost Drop Off Walk-in Site
Daily 10:00AM – 4:00PM*
Please deposit food scraps in designated areas only. Compostable and plastic bags should be discarded in nearby trash bin.
*Compost Drop Off is CLOSED on Special Admission Days, New Year’s Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day