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In the Media

Check out some of our recent mentions in the media.

A look at how we’re taking composting to a new level.

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Earth Matter was part of the 99% invisible podcast episode about Oyster-tecture.

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We spent the day with Nora Mueller and Andreana Bitsis from Garden Collage to talk about composting and zero waste efforts in NYC.

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Earth Matter featured in Huffington Post, September 2015

Rebecca Louie featured the volunteer opportunities at Earth Matter.

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Earth Matter featured in Crains, June 2015

Earth Matter was featured as one of the composting processing sites in Crains article on recycling food waste.

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Check us out in NYC Go’s Guide to Governors Island!


Earth Matter featured in City Limits Article, May 2015

Cole Rosengren came to one of our monthly compost builds for information for his article on City Limits, City Composting Effort Will Reduce Waste, But Needs Room.

Earth Matter NY, located on Governors Island in New York Harbor, operates a Compost Learning Center, training programs, zero waste initiatives and a community composting site. Part V

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Valery Rizzo and Nancy Matsumoto stopped by our center and wrote a piece about us. This features one of our star volunteers, Meredith Hill and her students.

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A range of collaborative programs involving city agencies and community composters has helped increase the diversion of household food scraps.

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Part of the Composting Roundup.

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Twenty years of investment in neighborhood and small-scale composting operations by the City’s Department of Sanitation yields flourishing movement of community composters.

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The Broadsheet Daily, May 2013

Thanks to the LaCroix family for volunteering and writing about us for The Broadsheet Daily!

Article written by Caroline Press, photos provided by Gabriela Strejilevich de Loma.


…A little-known corner of Governors Island is a fertile spot near Picnic Point where Earth Matter NY Inc, in partnership with the Trust for Governors Island, operates a Compost Learning Center.

The non-profit organization is dedicated to rescuing organic waste from the garbage stream in order to turn it into compost, and their healthy soils initiative supports composting and sustainable gardening at community gardens. During the summer season on Governors Island the public and school visiting groups attend free hands-on workshops on waste reduction and composting techniques, using food scraps collected from events, food vendors and resource recovery stations throughout the island.

Aixa and Ivan Lacroix

The Earth Matter site is also home to a family of chickens, rabbits, goats and worm nurseries, often tended by a motley crew of volunteers. Last month’s Volunteers of the Month were brother and sister Aixa and Ivan Lacroix, ages 10 and 12, who fell in love with the animals and visited them every weekend last summer. Finding a haven from urban life at the composting outpost, Ivan wrote in an essay, “At Earth Matter, it is not easy to take care of the animals. . . . Some of the tasks are changing the animals’ food, picking up the chicken eggs, and once in a while building a new house for the animals. Although these tasks can be arduous satisfaction pays up for the effort you have done.” Aixa adds with enthusiasm, “Do you have free time? Take a ferry to Governor’s Island and go visit Earth Matter! I often take care of the goats, Browser and Pearl . . . and I am able to answer almost any question about the chickens.” 

(Photos courtesy of Gabriela Strejilevich de Loma)



Earth Matter is featured in the City College Master of Landscape Architecture student journal rounding out the submissions by asserting the worth of black gold as the basis of our ecology.

Launch party on May 30.

Urban Farm Magazine’s Elizabeth Scholl visited Earth Matter this spring for a feature on the CLC.

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A nice mention in The Villager focusing on our chickens.

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L Magazine visited the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island on July 16 and 17, and after enticing us with stories about the food and the Gatsby-era atmosphere, made special mention of our friend Bucky Buckaw and his Serama hens (who are hanging out all summer with the rest of our chickens at our Compost Learning Center), who attended the party in all their finery. The article also features information about Earth Matter’s activities on and off the island.

Other oddities included a coop of heritage hens on display from a chicken-raising radio host named Bucky Buckaw. He’d brought his own flock of bantam hens and a small case of eggs to demonstrate “the transformative power of micro-flock chickening for empowerment, aesthetics, ethics, and, most of all, FUN!,” according to his business card. An adjacent table held composting how-to pamphlets from the nonprofit Earth Matter.

Read about reporter Cathy Erway’s jazzy experience.


A chance meeting with Earth Matter supporters Gayle Raskin and Udo Dresser at the East Village cafe hub “Ciao for Now” one morning, ended up bringing  together New York Times writer David Itzkoff, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater’s Alex Sidtis and  Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation” TV star), Patrick Nash and Harriet Spear – sign makers for Earth Matter’s Compost Learning Center on Governors Island, and Earth Matter’s newest compost workers – 54 chicks.

To make a long story short, Gayle and Udo started a series of connections between a comedy skit, and the cute fuzzy Earth Matter chicks that has led to Earth Matter becoming the lucky recipient of a beautiful sign that  will adorn the chicks’ new 26′ wide x 15′ long x 13′ high green house home.

The public is welcome to visit the chicks (and the sign) at Earth Matter’s Compost Learning Center 12-4 pm, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting Memorial Day weekend, 2011. The hot chicks sign will be posted above the green house entrance where these free grazing chickens will feast on food waste generated on Governors Island, and contribute nitrogen, in the form of poop, which is one of the ingredients Earth Matter uses in making compost.

Earth Matter volunteers will assemble this hoop house in May 2011. We will post times for these community construction work days in the upcoming weeks. Volunteers are welcome to join us.

Pictured here are David Ikzkoff (orange shirt), Alex Sidtis (blue shirt), Patrick Nash, (with drill), Amy Poehler (black shirt), and several well wishers.


Read more about the hot chicks saga.

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