Earth Matter NY

by Leah Butz
Earth Matter NY
The Urban Farm on Governors Island
New York
Phone Number
(646) 734-6151
Director, Manager or CEO
Marisa DeDominicis
Community members served per month
Volunteers per month
Number of staff/employees
Annual Budget
Year Started
Major Funders
DSNY's NYCCP, Earth Matter Friends, Governors Island Social Entrepreneurship partners
Latest Projects
Earth Matter NY piloted the Lavender Field located on Governors Island at the South Battery. The Lavender Field aims to provide a healing space for the earth and ourselves, utilizing compost created on Governors Island from resident food scraps generated in NYC. The field provides ongoing volunteer opportunities to learn how to tend lavender and participate in healing practices such as yoga and meditation.

We also are piloting the collection of oyster shell from the new restaurant on Governors Island, Island Oyster. We endeavor to collect and cure shells for our island partner, the Billion Oyster Project (BOP) Shell Collection Program. This oyster shell recovery initiative reinforces Earth Matter’s mission of raising New Yorkers’ awareness on urban ecology, circular economy, and the importance of individual responsibilities for taking care of our planet.

The Lavender Field and the Island Oyster shell collection program aim to become part of Earth Matter’s ongoing educational dialogue with citizens about the concept of zero waste and the closed loop of organic materials, where all organic waste is simply a link among other interconnected ecological processes.
Interesting Fact
We process 80,000 lbs. of food scraps and yard waste per month.
We have 80 chickens and two summer goats in addition to our worms and bees that help us with processing waste and educating volunteers and visitors.
We planted 880 lavender plants in the Lavender Field in its first year.
Areas Served
Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Governer's Island
Core Programs
NYC Compost Project
Compost Learning Center
Billion Oyster Project
Soil Start Farm
Major Issues
Food Waste Recycling, Composting Related Education, Garden Education, Oyster Shell Curing
Hours of Operation
Public open hours: 12 - 4 Saturdays and Sundays, May - September
Frequently used hashtags
#CompostProject #zerowastenyc#composting
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