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Got kitchen scraps? Got leaves? Go green and drop off your compost a two locations at the Rio Grande Community Farm.

Rio Grande Community Farm composting is a free way to dispose of organic waste in Albuquerque, NM. Keep those nutrients out of the landfill and help small farmers and gardeners grow healthier food right here in our community.

We use an aerobic hot-composting method that is common in many gardens. Learn more about composting from New Mexico State University:

NMSU Backyard Composting Guide

Compost Do's and Don'ts

Compost Do’s and Don’ts

Bring your carbon and nitrogen rich scraps to either of our two compost bins. Together, with a little water, they provide the essential mix of fuel and nutrients to feed the microbes that convert waste products into compost.

Carbon rich materials

  • Brown bags
  • Dried landscape waste
  • Fall leaves
  • Sawdust
  • Straw
  • Woodchips

Nitrogen rich materials

  • Coffee grounds
  • Alfalfa meal
  • Crushed eggshells
  • Hair
  • Fresh landscape waste
  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Tea bags

Things not to compost

  • No fish
  • No meat
  • No dairy
  • No bones
  • No diseased plants
  • No poop from people & meat-eating animals


We have two compost bins for your convenience, one at the RGCF barn, and the other at the community garden. See the image below, or find them on Google Maps.

Featured image by Edward Howell on Unsplash