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Re: [roofdeck] 2 Items: NJ Compost Jackpot!! and seedlings at Brooklyn Terminal Market

From: Nicola
Sent on: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 11:45 AM
Thanks for sharing this!  Our town is doing this too :)

On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 5:24 PM, Josh <[address removed]> wrote:

Item 1:  Free Compost in New Jersey

 

Hi All,

Following on Janet’s suggestion for free compost in New Jersey, I visited a NJ compost center and was very impressed with what they offered. There were 3 enormous, drive-up areas to self-load compost, wood chips/mulch and leaves.

 

I spoke at length with one of the employees about NJ State recycling and the overall economic impact. He mentioned that his location ran a surplus in 2012 and was self-funded. Furthermore they have a 40 acre solar farm which sells excess energy back to the utility companies and are evaluating wind-power as a source of extra energy capture.

He was also an avid gardener and mentioned he gets great crop-yield from his garden (as a result of all the compost he uses)

It didn’t take me long to load up on beautiful, black compost and wood chips/mulch.

 

I know this might not apply to people who don’t have cars, but if you do, please check out this link to the NJ Dept of Recycling and Compost.

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dshw/rrtp/classcfc.htm

 

There are locations in all NJ counties, some as close as Union county. I would call ahead to make sure they have compost. Oh, and the cost? Free – as in no charge.

 

Note that if you go, make sure to bring a shovel and something to put your compost in. Bags are not the best medium; a hard shell container or trash bin is best. In my case,  I was unprepared. The employee loaned me a shovel and suggested I look in the recycled garbage bins for containers. I pulled out 3 large, slightly cracked 40-gallon trash barrels and loaded them up with compost.

 

It was easy and free, I even found the bin to recycle all those annoying phone books. Check it out!

 

 

Item 2:  Seedlings at Brooklyn Terminal Market

I finally made it down to Brooklyn Terminal Market in Canarsie in April and found a great, inexpensive market for plant seedlings.   For those who don't know about Brooklyn Terminal Market, it is a collective market of fruit, vegetable, food stuff and gardeners in a central market.   There were 5 different garden centers, all selling healthy veggie and plant seedlings for much cheaper that Home Depot or Lowes. Example:  A 4-pack of Tomato/Pepper/Eggplant seedlings was only $1.99!!!  Much cheaper than lowes or Home depot.  I filled my garden pots for about $14.00! (along with free compost and mulch - see above, I'm below budget this year.

Link with info:

http://www.brooklynterminalmarketonline.com/default.aspx?pageid=1

go check both places out.  Email with any questions.





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