Opportunity Details

Environment, Hunger & Homelessness
Families, Low-income communities

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

ECO: Compost Pile Build

Come build a compost pile with BCDI! There is a giant pile of materials that need sorted, chipped and chopped so that they are ready to be transformed into compost. 

You will learn the proper ratios of Carbon, Nitrogen, and High Nitrogen materials to use to reach and maintain temperatures needed to kill weed seeds and pathogens. You will also learn when to turn a pile, the dangers of an anerobic pile and indicators of a pile that is anaerobic. 

The microbiology of compost is vital to proper nutrient cycling. If you would like to come back, we will look at the finished compost under a micoscope to determine if the soil food web is alive and well, or if we need to work to imporove the balance of Fungi:Bacteria, or to increase protozoa and nematode populations.

Opportunity Requirements & Important Notes

  • Attire: Please wear closed-toe shoes, bring a water bottle and sun protection.

  • Bring: Garden gloves and a reusable water bottle. Due to coronavirus concerns, BCDI will not be providing garden gloves. All other tools will be provided.

  • Safety: Please be sure to bring and wear a mask. BCDI practices social distancing. They want everyone to stay safe and healthy!

  • Waiver: Please bring a signed BCDI waiver with you when you volunteer. 

About Botanical Community Development Initiatives

Botanical Community Development Initiatives (BCDI) is working to improve lives by connect plants, people, and community. Community Roots Farm is a project of BCDI and is 1-acre urban farm located in an Oceanside neighborhood and grows food with community, for community. The sustainably-grown produce is served in meals to children in local state-funded preschools that are located in low socioeconomic neighborhoods where access to fresh food is lacking.

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