The Community Composting Program at Koiner Farm is creating a truly closed-loop, micro-food system in the East Silver Spring neighborhood.
AT KOINER FARM
The Community Composting Program at Koiner Farm was established in 2020. This program provides on-farm composting capabilities for up to 50 households. In its rookie year, the Community Composting Program at Koiner Farm diverted approximately 750 pounds of kitchen scraps from the waste stream and produced 17 cubic yards of quality compost that was used directly on the fields at Koiner Farm. This year, we aim to divert 1,000 pounds of kitchen scraps and produce at least 20 cubic yards of compost for the farm.
This program is led by CKC's Compost Manager, Peter Lewis, and operated by a team of interns who work with Peter to learn the ins-and-outs of maintaining a 3-bin hot compost system on an urban farm. If you would like to participate in the Community Composting Program at Koiner Farm by bringing us your food scraps, please send an email to Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW DOES COMMUNITY COMPOSTING WORK?
As shown in the above graphic, Community Composting is a hyper-local, closed-loop system that provides the double benefits of not only reducing carbon emissions, but sequestering carbon as well. Almost all of our compost inputs - including farm scraps, kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, and saw dust - come from sources within walking distance of Koiner Farm. Local businesses, such as Kefa Cafe and Abernethy's Sticks, save their waste products - coffee grounds and saw dust, respectively - for us to pick up. Neighbors save their kitchen scraps and bring them to Koiner Farm on their own schedule.
A particularly important piece of the Community Compost Program at Koiner Farm is the use of Bokashi. Bokashi is a centuries-old composting method, believed to have originated in Korea. Based on our experiences with urban farm composting, we strongly encourage the adoption of Bokashi as a best practice when composting on an urban farm.
If you would like to participate in the Community Composting Program at Koiner Farm, please send an email to Peter at email@example.com to schedule your compost tour and training.
All who have taken the compost tour and training are welcome to participate in the Community Composting Program at Koiner Farm. We suggest that Community Compost participants make a $10.00 per month contribution to CKC. This will help us cover some of the cost associated with this program, such as the part-time Compost Manager position. That said, all are welcome to join this program regardless of ability to pay. Those who can pay the full suggested amount (or a little more) help subsidize those who may not be able to pay, but have the desire to compost. Your participation and contribution in this program, no matter how big or small, is greatly appreciated!
THE RULES AND REGS
OF COMMUNITY COMPOSTING AT KOINER FARM
Peter runs a very coordinated and scheduled composting system at Koiner Farm. Please do your best to abide by the Rules and Regs of this program, so that the farm keeps running smoothly.
Remove all stickers from your fruit peels.
Always cut your food scraps into 1-inch piece and crush up your egg shells.
Never put plastic, not even compostable plastic, in our bins.
No printer paper or paper with ink in our bins.
No animal products - including meat, fish, bones, and especially pet waste (eeew!) - in our bins.
No cooking oils, butters, or salad dressings in our bins.
Never leave your kitchen scraps where animals could get them. All kitchen scraps should be placed into the air-tight 5-gallon buckets located within the metal trashcans that are labeled Community Composting.
When adding your kitchen scraps to one of the air-tight 5-gallon buckets, always press out the air pockets and cover your scraps with the provided Bokashi grains.
If you are practicing Bokashi composting at your own house and dropping off your own air-tight 5-gallon bucket of Bokashi-treated kitchen scraps, please place your bucket in the designated area of the garage.
If you are not sure what to do, please ask someone at the farm, or send a WhatsApp message to Peter at (240-475-2719).