The benefits of on-site composting are many, and with new methods and technologies, it is a more easily achievable goal than ever. This session will provide examples of composting methods and programs used at four different gardens and parks, each with its own resources and challenges. Our hope is that participants will be encouraged by our experiences and successes with various technologies, methods, resources, and challenges to initiate or expand on their own on-site composting operations and to work toward closing the nutrient cycle in their own gardens and parks.
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Attendees will learn the following: 1) fundamentals of composting (very brief), 2) alternative feedstocks (green waste, food waste, herbivore manure at zoos), 3) alternative methods of composting (static piles, aerated static piles, in-vessel systems), 4) quality control of finished compost, 5) working with limited space and with limited equipment and labor, 6) mitigating impacts (compost leachate, odors, flies, and rodents), 7) factors to consider with on-site composting, 8) capital and operating expenses, potential revenue opportunities, 9) the evolution of compost systems and lessons learned
1) Andi Pettis is the Director of Horticulture at Friends of the High Line, where she is responsible for the team of gardeners who care for and manage the High Line’s gardens. Her horticulture experience in New York City spans 17 years, including work in p
American Public Gardens Association