Peels & Wheels: In 2015, the Peels & Wheels Compost Program received a $1,000 grant from the Greater New Haven Green Fund to build compost bins. The goal of this project was to was to expand the three-bin compost system in operation to a total of six bins.
Although Peels & Wheels originally planned to build six bins, they were only able to use the grant money to build one compost bin.
However, after one year of starting the program, they reported that they had diverted and processed 26,243 lbs of food scraps. In addition to diverting these food scraps, Peels & Wheels was able to provide some of the compost to New Haven Farms, distribute some to program members and donate compost to some gardens around the community.
Peels and Wheels subsequently became a LLC in New Haven soon thereafter. Visit their website for more information:
Massaro Community Farm: In 2019, Massaro Community Farm was awarded a $5,500 grant from the Greater New Haven Green Fund in order to install a vermicomposting operation at the farm. Massaro Farm worked with the company, Wiggle Room, a vermicomposting company based in Wilton, CT, to create a 3x6 worm composting bin.
This 3x6 bin made of durable aluminum and steel and has a hand crank, allowing individuals to ‘rake’ the compost out the bottom for easy capture and re-use in the garden.
Massaro Farm then used more of the grant fund to purchase a scalable high tunnel from the Connecticut Greenhouse Co. These tunnels are covered steel frame structure that provides additional weather protection of crops for farmers
The remaining grant money was used to purchase worms from Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm and signs that were placed at the farm.