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Compost Queen Headquarters Tour

April 21 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm


Compost Queen recycles organic material from customers right here in Northern Colorado, producing some of the best food scrap compost available. In fact, we recently won the Small Compost Manufacture of the Year award in 2023 from the United States Composting Council.

We’re a community composter, founded in 2018 by Jamie Blanchard-Poling. Our basic concept, known internally as Microsite Urban Community Composting Sites (MUCCS), leverages decentralized, hyper-local food recycling to produce high quality soil amendments and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Compost Queen currently operates the only food recycling facilities in Larimer County, and recently won a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for the Front Range Waste Diversion Program.

In March of 2023, we partnered with Back Gate Farm to build our Headquarters – a necessary expansion for food recycling and a central location for equipment storage. We took our time to carefully plan and execute an advanced technology known as Covered Aerated Static Pile, which leverages forced air flow, advanced materials like Gore-Tex, and cutting edge monitoring. We prepared our site by grating the existing land for water management, upgrading existing infrastructure and installing a Sustainable Generations mobile system, which we custom configured to work for our footprint.

We’ve come a long way from our start, a simple wheel barrow, shovel and determination to make a difference.  Scaling up slowly, one individual at a time through local outreach, word of mouth and a grassroots effort has built our membership over the last five years to make a big impact in Northern Colorado.

We can’t thank our friends and members enough for supporting the goal of organic recycling here in Fort Collins. We’d love to invite you to come see a guided tour of our process and how we make a change in the world. We’ll be offering roll time slots with limited availability. Tours will be approximately fifteen minutes.

Sign up for a tour on our Grand Opening, Saturday April 21st. This is a private event and parking is limited. Please park on Hickory or Hibdon Ct. and walk up Mason avenue. Food recycling customers are the only vehicles allowed to drive on to the property.


April 21
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Compost Queen


Back Gate Farm
1505 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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