Location: Southwest corner of Culliton Park (317 E Filbert St, Lancaster). The bin is inside the metal gate, directly behind the baseball diamond at Culliton Park.
Co-Op Status: Still accepting new composters; Sign up for an orientation through Eventbrite.
Note: You may attend an orientation at any site, regardless of where you plan to compost.
About This Site
Culliton Park originally opened under the name Farnum Park. Prior to its conversion into a community space, the land housed Farnum Cotton Mill in the 19th century; along with some other businesses such as a tannery, and the Hoffman’s Run creek, which was buried as the city developed. Culliton Park is on undeeded Conestoga territory. After benefiting from extensive renovations and a grand reopening in November 2020, the Park is now home to the Conlin Field baseball diamond, a splash pool, very popular basketball courts, a pavilion, large open green spaces, and a huge sledding hill for the kids. Conlin Field is always bustling with friendly competition amongst local teams and amateurs alike, and the community-based art projects and local plantings throughout the space also make this park feel like a true hub for the vibrant Southwest neighborhood. Culliton Park is the largest green space in the SoWe neighborhood and is also one of the most active parks in the City.
The “Behind Culliton Park” bin is located just behind Conlin Field, at the intersection of Conestoga, Union, and Filbert streets. Members of the co-op are able to access a gated lot with plenty of grass, trees and even picnic benches for members to gather, outside the old Rolstolsky building. The addition of the bin at this particular location is a beautiful continuation of this neighborhood’s long history and established culture of collaborative earth care and local gardening. Originally a refuge for German immigrants fleeing religious persecution, this neighborhood got it’s nickname “Cabbage Hill” because of all the households that grew cabbage in their personal backyard. So it feels rather fitting that today, neighbors will have the chance to work together once again, to turn their food scraps into something that enriches the same soil!
We are proud to have the support of Friends of Culliton Park and Lancaster Southwest Community (SoWe), two neighbor led initiatives to see shared spaces thrive and directly benefit its neighbors.
About The Compost Captains
This site is organized and run by Poplar Place – a small intentional Christian community on Cabbage Hill committed to building neighborhood connections, offering hospitality, promoting ecological wholeness/sustainability, and being active allies for the liberation of all people.
Meet the current members (from left to right):
JOE: I was born and raised in Lancaster County, and am returning to his Mennonite farming roots through involvement in gardening and compost initiatives here in Cabbage Hill! I recently began work as a Housing Specialist for Church World Service, and have interned for the City of Lancaster’s Planning Bureau as well. I love our beautiful community here in the Southwest – especially using Spanish and Arabic to connect with neighbors – and am excited to build more relationships!
JACQUIE: Hi, I’ve lived on the 400 block of Poplar Street for 3.5 years now and in that time, my neighborhood has wooed me into a long-term commitment! Thanks to my mom’s resilience, I learned from a young age to revere flowers. And in big part because of communal living, my love grew from there to all the magical things nature can do – such as produce food and its own nutritious fertilizer (i.e. compost)! As someone who learned the ways of the earth directly from relationships with others, I’m excited to play in the dirt with neighbors I don’t yet know! When I’m not enjoying the outdoors, I love planning/attending social events, rallying for affordable housing, and exploring new alleyways in the city!
EMILY: As the newest member of Poplar Place, I am eagerly working to become more considerate and intentional in my relationship with the earth, especially with the incredible world of dirt and gardening. A recent graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, I have found homes in both the people and places of Lancaster City, and hope that the Composting Co-op is a source of collective joy and pride within Cabbage Hill.
DAVID: I work in behavioral health in the city and am looking forward to building deeper connections with the Cabbage Hill community, with the added bonus of reducing waste and nurturing our many gardens in the neighborhood. I also enjoy reading and discussion around philosophy and religion, and will eagerly offer good movie suggestions for any occasion.