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Neighborhood Composting

Hey neighbor!
Got scraps?

Rio Grande Community Farm's Neighborhood Composting Program is a free way to dispose of organic waste when you live within two miles of the Farm or are driving by on your way somewhere else.

Featured image by Edward Howell on Unsplash

Keep those nutrients in the soil!

Our Master Composter, Rich Adeyemi, along with our volunteers and workshop participants return 6,600 gallons of food waste to the soil each year in the form of finished compost, preventing 4,500 pounds of greenhouse gasses from being released into the atmosphere.

You can help! Drop off your compost at two locations at the Rio Grande Community Farm. 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 how to do-it-yourself at our free monthly Composting Workshops every second Saturday from 9 am to 11 am. Discover more about composting in New Mexico State University's Backyard Composting Guide.

Composting Guide

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 Rio Grande Community Farm barn, and the other at the Community Garden. See the image below, or find them on Google Maps.


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