The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to announce our September 2016 Friend of the Month- Braeden Cohen. As the Organics Recovery Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project hosted by the New York Botanical Garden, Braeden has played a key role at our Garden & Compost site since the spring of 2015. In a short time he helped to lay the foundation of our weekly food scrap collection, picking up where the previous person had left off and taking it to the next level. He is always willing to jump in and show our interns the finer points of a compost system, helping them to understand that there isn’t always a quick answer to a problem but that they need to observe and think through what is happening to come to the best solution. Rain or shine, Braeden is a welcome addition to the work we do and while he is now only dropping by to check on us while we manage the system on our own he is always available to trouble shoot or tell a joke. Thank you, Braeden for all that you do for the Friends and our Garden & Compost Site.
How and when did you get involved with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park?
I started working with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park in April of 2015. That’s when I started my job as an Organics Recovery Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project hosted by the New York Botanical Garden. Last year, with the help of awesome volunteers, I staffed the Tuesday Food Scrap Drop-Off where we currently accept food scraps from the public and use them to make compost for the Friend of Van Cortlandt Park’s Garden. I am no longer staffing the Tuesday drop-off because I am setting up new sites in the Bronx, we have passed the pitch-fork to FVCP. Next time you drop off your scraps, be sure to thank Alex for doing such a great job! Read more »