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Compost Queen Spring 2024 Compost Return

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

Free

Compost Queen recycles organic material from customers right here in Northern Colorado, producing some of the best food scrap compost available. In fact, we were named the United States Composting Council Small Compost Manufacturer of the Year for 2022!

Jamie Blanchard-Poling, owner of Compost Queen

One of the main benefits of recycling food waste with Compost Queen is a complimentary share of compost twice a year. We make this compost right here in Fort Collins from the food scraps that we collect from your home.

We source carbon stocks like high quality wood chips, landscape material and agricultural waste to build our recipe before putting material into our Sustainable Generations Covered Aerated Static Pile (CASP) technology. The increased air flow and high quality Goretex covers help us process our material nearly twice as fast, without odors and with nearly 75% less water input.

Digital monitoring for temperature and oxygen content allow us to document our Process for Further Reducing Pathogens (PFRP), and help us understand exactly what our piles are doing. Plus, we can view this data remotely and adjust our airflow system anytime we like, right from our phones!

Our finished compost is third party tested to ensure the highest quality product possible. Our decentralized community composting model not only produces some of the highest quality soil amendments available, but reduces greenhouse gas and starves the local landfill.

How do I get compost?

Twice a year (spring & fall) we offer compost back to our customers. Customers will receive an email with a link to this event page, and you can sign up for a time slot to come up to the farm and gather your complimentary share! Pick any of our available times below from 11 AM to 2:30 PM on Sunday, April 21st, 2024. You only need one RSVP per vehicle.

We encourage you to BYOB – Bring Your Own Bucket – but if you forget one, we can loan you a bucket that is no longer in service for food waste. Just put it back out on your next service date so we can reuse it!

Bring the family! Learning about food recycling is a critical step to normalizing the lifestyles we need to adopt as a community in order to meet our shared climate impact goals. Food waste is a large contributor to greenhouse gas production like methane and carbon dioxide when it is sent to rot in our local landfills.

The remainder of our compost goes to our host farm partners, like Back Gate Farm and Sagrada Botanical Gardens. Our finished material is in high demand, and we ask that our members only collect five to ten gallons for their share.

How much should I use?

This rich soil amendment is best applied at 1/2″ to 1″ maximum on lawns, gardens, raised beds and more. Try to avoid using directly on the base of any plant, and don’t start any seedlings in only compost. If you’re making your own soil blocks or potting soil, we recommend no more than 25%.

Compost can increase soil water retention, add valuable nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus, increase organic matter and introduce beneficial life to your soil. Here in Colorado, we typically have clay heavy soils that need consistent compost applications to build organic matter.

We often see customers bring a five gallon bucket or a storage tote that fits in their trunk. Compost can weigh up to seven pounds per gallon depending on it’s moisture content, so bring an extra hand to help if you need! We’ll have staff on site to offer assistance as well.

Top dressing is the most common method for applying compost, and only requires that you pull back any mulch covering or rake any leaves up from your lawn before sprinkling compost either by hand or with a spreader.

How do I get to Back Gate Farm?

Our new headquarters is located at 1505 N College Ave in Fort Collins, Colorado. The address is a tricky one, as the main access is NOT on College Avenue.

The best way to access our site is shown in the map below. From Old Town Fort Collins, head North on College Avenue. Turn left when you pass The Lyric at Hickory (the double stop lights). Pass La Campechana food truck and turn right on Mason, which looks like an alley way. Head North all the way until you see our Compost Queen signage at the end of Mason.

 

Details

Date:
April 21
Time:
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:

Organizer

Compost Queen

Venue

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