Know Waste Lands is a compost site and wildlife restorative garden in Bushwick, Brooklyn founded by BK ROT. We are a growing community building a place where human and non-human interactions are based on mutual recognition of intrinsic value and respect. The garden was started for this neighborhood to collectively envision and put in place solutions to our larger, more urgent social and ecological challenges, such as high youth unemployment and the crisis of waste management.
The two lots at 1276 and 1278 Myrtle Avenue were formerly owned by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. In January 2013, BK ROT, a local youth-run composting service, began almost a two year campaign for widespread community support for a medium scale compost site and wildlife garden. With the support of the local City Council Member’s office, Brooklyn Community Board 4, 596 Acres and local residents, the lots were successfully transferred to the NYC Parks Department. BK ROT signed a four year license agreement with Green Thumb in December 2014 and again in April 2015. The space has since been organized by residents.
Check out artist SWOON inaugurating the site back in 2014. For more photos, follow us on facebook and see our photo stream here.
How to Get Involved
Know Waste Lands has a garden membership that is open to join. There is a monthly meeting, an email list and many on-going garden tasks asked of members to participate in. To become a garden member, please email us to join the mailing list for announcements about our upcoming monthly meetings.
There is also a garden mailing list for individuals and groups who want to stay involved and up to date without a hard commitment. Follow us on facebook for opportunities to join us on a workday.