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.

Ask a Master Composter

Thurs, Oct 1, 6:00 - 6:45 pm online

Description: Learn about all the free online resources available at the Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) that can help you start composting at home -- whether you are a beginner or have long standing questions about methods or management. A short presentation about books, videos, and other resources online (for all ages) will be followed by time for questions.

Clare Jones, Natalie Bray, and Ritza Francois are Master Composters of Tompkins County. They completed their training at CCETC this spring. This session is hosted by the TCPL and will be offered via Zoom. Participants registered will receive an email with details on how to access the meeting.

Advanced Composting Class Series

3 Thurs evenings: Oct 8, 15 & 22, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Description: "Dig deeper" into the practice and theory of home composting in this three-class series:

  • Class 1 - (in-person, outdoors at 615 Willow Ave) types of outdoor bins; compost management and harvesting
  • Class 2 - (virtual over Zoom - link to be provided) science of composting; troubleshooting; maturity & testing
  • Class 3 - (virtual over Zoom - link to be provided) helpful role of compost in soil; compost uses; indoor composting

Come to one class or them all! Make the most of your home composting. Learn about the composting process, the science, and practical tips. We guarantee better home composting just in time for the fall leaf season.

Virtual Compost Fair and 4H Duck Race

Was held on Sun, Sept 13, Noon - 2:00 pm online; recording available!

Description: Continuing our long-standing partnership with the 4-H Duck Race, we broadcasted ~20 minutes of family-oriented and educational programming.

Our compost programming features four ~5 min segments:

  • Rot N Roll, Tompkins County’s best compost cover band performing their #1 hit, “Rot Me Mamma”
  • New Master Composter (MC) Daniel Baruch teaching about outdoor composting basics at the CCETC Demo site
  • New MC Romina Capelli and her 3 awesome children showing off their home worm composting bin
  • Adam Michalides, Compost Educator, telling folks where they can learn more, and giving away 2 fabulous compost prizes

Feel free to tune into our 2020 Virtual Compost Fair anytime!

Other Compost Classes and Workshops

  • Compost Learning Collaborative Trainings
  • Fall Worm Compost Class
  • Bokashi Composting Workshop
  • Master Composter Training

Last updated September 29, 2020