Soil Start Farm
Where we think, “Table to Farm.”
Urban composting has dual purposes: diverting organic waste from the landfill and amending existing soil. Earth Matter NY demonstrates how gardeners can use readily-available materials to create compost to grow plants in urban soil conditions.
Upon entering the Compost Learning Center, you will encounter a warm welcome from a patch of herbaceous plants.
Community Garden Beds
A group of 4’ x 4’ garden beds provides growing spaces for Earth Matter core friends and Governors Island food vendors.
We are using a lasagna-style composting method to create a growing medium. We make three layers using sand, burlap sacks, food scraps, cardboard, leaves, wood chips, and finished, sifted compost. We plant directly into this medium.
We have constructed a 10’L x 10’W x 16’H greenhouse (that doubles as a chicken tractor) for starting plants from seed and growing microgreens (baby salad).
Interested in being a farm cooperator?
Support Soil Start Farm
We are excited to share that we have been working with the Island Bee Project as part of the Soil Start Farm.
The Island Bee Project’s mission is to educate and inspire those interested in knowing more about honey bees and their importance to agricultural
We love beekeeping. It’s as simple as that.
Fulfill your buzzing curiosity and join the Island Bee Project to take a peek inside the bee hive.
View dates and register.
Note: space is limited.
Soil Start Farm Updates
Winter 2016 at Soil Start Farm by Anna Cassell Last week, after a month of gradually decreasing temps and some cold rain, a chill -- and the first few flakes of snow -- settled over New York City. Soil Start Farm is ready for the winter; cooperators, new apprentices...
The Soil Start Farm by Sharonne Caullychurn Imagine a whole lot of volunteers getting their hands dirty: raking, digging, sowing, irrigating… and all that with a smile on their faces. This is what the Soil Start farm has been this season, ever since the steering...