Icebreaker at Master Composter Volunteer training session, 2009
Image by Sandy Repp

Master Composter training offered Feb - May, 2019!

Master composter volunteer (right) shows contents of worm composting bin to Nathalie Smallidge, Stephanie Terwilliger, Annie Seichepin & Adelaide Smallidge at Farm City Day 2005
Image by Sandy Repp

Vermicomposting display at Farm City Day.

Sign from the old Compost Demonstration site at Ithaca Community Gardens

Sign from the Compost Demo Site at Ithaca Community Gardens

Lasagna layering demonstration at the compost demonstration site at the Ithaca Community Gardens.

Learning about "Lasagna Layering"


The Compost Education Program supports the goals of the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management to divert compostable materials from the waste stream and thereby maximize waste reduction in Tompkins County. This mission is achieved by training and supporting community volunteers to educate and enthuse the public about the benefits and methods of composting.

Program funded by the Tompkins County Department of Recycling and Materials Management

Compost display - "greens & browns"

Master Composters

Apply by January 28 to join the 2019 Master Composter Training, on 10 evenings, Feb.-May with dates off for holidays & breaks. Apply online or print an application!

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A handful of healthy worms coming out of coffee compost; vermicomposting

Worm Composting

Learn about "Vermicomposting," an indoor composting system using worms at this class on March 23rd. $10/household includes bin/worms; space is limited!

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2014 Compost Fair, Tompkins County NY

Compost Fair

Don't miss our annual Compost Fair, held at CCE-Tompkins on 4/28/18 in conjunction with the 4H Duck Race; fun & educational for all ages!

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Bin at Ithaca Community Gardens

Learning Collaborative

Join the Compost Learning Collaborative to use our sites to compost your food scraps. Help manage the compost, and go home with finished compost. All free!

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Last updated January 4, 2019