If you've always wanted to learn how to compost, why not head over to the working composting farm that has sprouted up on the south side of Governors Island to give it a try? A partnership between Earth Matter NY and Governors Island Preservation and Educational Corporation, the facility offers children and adults a chance to learn the ins and outs of composting from start to finish on the miniature farm. Experts are on site giving composting demonstrations and there's even a small petting zoo with a variety of friendly chickens, goats, and baby rabbits.
The Earth Matter Kids composting farm spans 35 by 100 feet and is loccated near the southern shore of Governors Island behind Nolan Park. Inside, you can learn how to compost your own food in your kitchen, or work on larger scale community projects you can start in your own neighborhood. Open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm, the farm is an outdoor classroom for all ages to learn just how beneficial composting is.
Visitors to the farm can even bring their own food to compost, or take home a sample of the “Black Gold” composted fertilizer to put into their own gardens. Aside from compost and worms, the farm also has two adorable and friendly goats teetering around, who love to be petted nearly as much as they enjoy munching on compost. The resident flock of chickens includes varieties out of the ordinary, some with decorative plumage fancier than the traditional barnyard bird.
As if Governors Island didn’t have enough to do, the Earth Matter Compost farm gives city kids a chance to get their hands dirty, while learning green practices that can benefit their family’s urban gardens.
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