Dear Composters,

Since May 2016 we’ve been working on renovating our compost collection and creation area and thanks to the good folks at the Institute For Local Self-Reliance and Urban Farm Plans, our new system is installed and moving into production! The new system, call Compost Knox will require more participation on your part to be a success. We’re currently hosting a Master Composter Training Course and will be hosting user trainings for our new system soon. For the time being, we’re accepting compost in the white bins as before but will hopefully be using the new system exclusively by the end of the year.

Please call us with any questions at 443-531-8346.

Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders- Master Composter Training Course:


Compost Knox at Real Food Farm

ISLR’s Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders’ Master Composter course has four main requirements: attendance of all classes; implementation of a capstone project; completion of 30 hours of supported community composting service; and tracking and sharing community service hours and work completed. Participants will have six months from the last class to complete the capstone project and community service components.

For the capstone project component, participants will support or initiate a community composting project based on their interests and the needs of the community they are serving. Participants are encouraged to collaborate on supporting an existing community composting project (which includes our new system!). Other potential projects might include building and managing compost bins at community gardens, schools, churches, or compost demonstration sites. In addition, participants will provide NSR staff with brief monthly progress updates throughout the six-month, post-class period.

For the community service component, participants will be expected to log 30 hours of community composting service. Half of these hours will be spent providing hands-on composting support to a community in need.

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, participants will be eligible for receipt of a Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders’ Master Composter certificate and will be qualified to apply to the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Advanced Master Composter train-the-trainer apprenticeship.

The FALL 2016 Baltimore, MD class is full and underway. For more information about future classes click here.

Dropping off compostable material:

Real Food Farm welcomes anyone and everyone with compostable scraps to drop them at our composting station at our Clifton Park site. Your veggie scraps help us create a rich, finished compost that helps rebuild and replenish our soils. We use compost instead of chemical fertilizers to enrich our farm’s soil, a common practice among sustainable farms that protects the watershed while producing healthy (and delicious!) fruits and vegetables! We encourage you to contribute to our system any time, any day, but please consult our list of what we can and cannot compost before dropping off your scraps (see below).

*Our compost drop is available to individuals and households ONLY. (We can only handle so much!) If you are a business interested in delivering compostables, please contact Myeasha to make arrangements.*

calling-all-compost11The drop off station:

For the time-being, our drop-off station is located along the main path through the farm between the first three high tunnels and our greenhouses. The station consists of numerous white bins where you can place your compostable materials. Below you can find which items can and cannot be composted, and where to put each compostable items.

Please note – we have a specialized worm bin (the large grey box you’ll notice behind the “Welcome to our compost drop-off” sign. Our worms have a special diet and are fed by our farmers, so please do not feed them your goods!


Put the following in the White Barrels:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Coffee grounds, tea bags, and dry grains
  • Egg shells (please, no eggs!)
  • Brewery waste (hops and wet grain)

Do NOT attempt to compost the following:

  • Meat/fish bones or scraps
  • Egg whites/yolks, cheese, or any other dairy products
  • Fats, oils, and/or grease
  • Animal waste
  • Invasive weeds (kudzu, etc)
  • Weeds with seeds (they do bad deeds!)
  • Diseased plants
  • Dryer lint
  • “Compostable” bags (they aren’t compostable in our system), any kind of plates or utensils
  • Q-tips, band-aid wrappers, tissues
  • Non-organic materials (plastic, metal, glass, etc.)


We are always interested in larger sources of organic material and manure. Again, for business and other large-scale drop-offs, please contact Myeasha to discuss first.

Compost-CabWe also happily receive drop-offs from Compost Cab, a program with a mind for sustainability that is making easier than ever for anyone and everyone to join in the composting movement. If you are interested in scheduling compost pick-up through Compost Cab, visit their website for more information.