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Compost Source for Garden for Non-Profit


April 17, 2018

I am a social worker (and Master Gardener!) here in the Albuquerque area. I work for a housing nonprofit and work out of a few affordable/low-income housing complexes in downtown. One of our apartment complexes has a sizable rooftop community garden for residents to enjoy free produce all year-round. My question for you is if you, or the Master Composters, know where I would be able to get low-cost (or free!) compost for our garden? Do you all provide compost to folks or do you recommend another agency that does?

We have over 1000 square feet of garden space but would take as much/little compost as we could get! The one logistical piece is that the garden is located on a roof, so we would need a cleanish way to transport it through the apartment building and up an elevator. Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions for us (or if I should contact someone else)!

Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing back from you!


Answer by JZ: Firstly I would encourage your group to choose a composting method for leftovers from the garden- there are many choices for a roof top garden. Then you would be recycling nutrients on the spot, not needing the elevator for transport. 

Your group is welcome to attend any of our classes.

Low priced truckload compost available:

Sandoval Co. Composting facility, Rio Rancho, 15$ / truckload. 2708 Iris Rd., 867.0816

ABCWUA Soil Amendment / composting facility, BernCo., Far west mesa.  289.3600,

You could ask Soilutions for a donation or reduced price donation.  877.0220. 

You would have to bag the product to get it on the elevator.  Hope this is helpful.

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