Sign from the old Compost Demonstration site at Ithaca Community Gardens

Compost Demonstration Site at Ithaca Community Gardens

Classes & Workshops

Our Compost Education Program offers classes and workshops for individuals throughout the year to help you succeed at composting at your home or apartment.  See the descriptions below, and visit our Events page for access to all CCE-Tompkins classes and events.

Making Soil Mixes with Compost

Tues, April 16, 6-7:30pm, GreenTree Garden Supply, 606 Elmira Rd, Ithaca

Description: Learn about a variety of inputs (including compost) used to make a soil, and go home with your own blended seed or potting mix! Bring a sample of your own finished compost to test for maturity. Learn how the quality of the compost used will contribute to the properties of the soil. Take a tour of the soil production area of GreenTree to see how various blends are made on a larger scale. This interactive, hands-on workshop will provide the knowledge and skills you need to make your own soil mix. Fee: $10/household. Each paying household goes home with a ready-to-use seed or potting mix that they make. To register, please register online or call 607-272-2292.

Compost Fair and 4H Duck Race

Sun, April 28, Noon-4pm at CCETC, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca

Description: Celebrate spring's arrival by stopping by the Compost Fair for a guaranteed good time! The Compost Fair is held in conjunction with the 4-H Duck Race. Admission to all events is FREE and open to the public.

At the Compost Fair, there will be information and demonstrations of compost techniques, continuous tours of our demonstration site, live music, food and activities for kids. Our partners in gardening and sustainability will be there too. All attendees will be eligible to win fabulous compost prizes. Compost bins will be for sale while supplies last. Go home a composter! For more information, please visit our event page or call 607-272-2292.

Compost Learning Collaborate (CLC) training

Date/Time TBD, CLC site at the Ithaca Community Gardens, Carpenter (off of 3rd St Ext)

Description: Join the Compost Learning Collaborative to access community sites to compost your food scraps. Learn how to compost, and help manage material to go home with some free finished compost for your garden or houseplants. For more info on the project, please visit the project website. Contact Adam Michaelides anytime at or 607-272-2292 to express your interest.

Other Compost Classes and Workshops

    • Compost with Confidence
    • Advanced Compost Class Series
    • Fall Worm Compost Class
    • Bokashi Compost Class
    • Master Composter Training

    Last updated April 10, 2019