The latest numbers are out: in Olmsted County, almost half of what we throw in our garbage is organic material (food and yard waste), destined for the incinerator, where it's burned up and released as CO2, or the landfill, where it putrefies and releases methane and other harmful greenhouse gases. What a shame that all this great material is being wasted, when it isn't "waste" at all! We're working to create a community composting program that will help to reclaim organic material from the waste stream to build beautiful compost for our Farm. The "Compost Commonwealth" will offer commercial and residential composting solutions along with education and support to grow the number of residents who maintain healthy backyard compost piles.
Join our volunteer labor union, getting your hands dirty on our farming collective or working behind the scenes to lead and organize.Volunteer
We need in-kind donations of soil, compost, hand tools, small-scale farming equipment, deer fencing, tarps, landscaping fabric, and running, serviceable vehicles (pickups and cargo vans). Consider making an in-kind donation today.Donate Tools
Become a donor-activist, giving a recurring monthly donation while also developing a direct relationship with our food-insecure subscribers through our Alliance program.Join
We are always looking for new backyards to convert into large-scale gardens. If you have a flat, sunny area of 600 square feet or larger within the city limits of Rochester that you would like us to consider as a farm plot, let us know.Apply
If you have an existing large-scale garden that you manage yourself and would like to donate excess produce, or you would like us to consider building a large-scale garden for you that you would plant and tend on your own (without the help of volunteers), consider becoming a Garden Partner.Apply
Our gardens need fencing to keep our pests, irrigation to keep our plants consistently watered, equipment and supplies for our volunteers, storage, rain barrels, compost bins, and safety equipment to meet the challenges of COVID-19. Consider a donation to support the building of a new farm plot, or create a fundraiser to enlist your friends, family, and/or coworkers to help.Donate