New Garden Compost Unit Assembled by Point32Health Volunteers

A group of Point32Health volunteers assembled a new compost system at the Attleboro Community Garden during the company’s annual volunteer week.

The compost system is an important part of the garden, it serves as a way for both gardeners and the community to recycle food waste and plants. This is a three bin compost, where raw materials are chopped into small pieces and given time to decompose in the first bin (left side). Worms, bugs and microbes feast on the material, breaking it down into small pieces. The middle bin is where the compost material has a chance to heat up and ‘cook’ the material. This is the stage where visually the most transformation happens, leaves, plant stalks, spoiled vegetables all are broken down and begin to look like soil. Finally, the third bin (far right) is where the compost is sifted to remove large pieces of material, rocks and other materials. Producing healthy soil that gardeners can re-use in their plots to fuel plant growth.

Work started months in advance, with the support from Phil at the Attleboro Land Trust and garden committee member Monica, designing and purchasing supplies for the new system. Many gardeners supported the efforts of disassembling the existing compost system, which was nearly 10 years old and had served its time well. The work of Point32Health volunteers was important as many hands were needed to assemble the compost bins. From the assembly of the wood frame, to attaching galvanized wire, all hands were busy. Many trusted advisors supported this project, both from the Attleboro Land Trust and active community gardeners the ensure the project went smoothly.

Gardeners are already using the new compost system. Soon, the finishing touches will be completed, including educational signs and lids to complete the project.

Feel free to stop by the community garden to see this completed project at the corner of Riverbank Road and Mechanic Street.