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 specific dates.

Compost with Confidence

4th Sat of Month, Noon-1pm at area community gardens (see below)

Description:Master Composters teach how to setup and manage compost. Includes tours and composting demonstrations of the garden. Each class in the series covers composting basics, and highlights composting techniques used in the community garden. Stop by for one or all classes, and bring your composting questions! To register, please register online or call 607-272-2292.

Advanced Compost Series

Sat, Mar. 24, 10am-Noon at CCETC, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca

Description: Go beyond the basics and "dig deeper" into the art and science of composting in this three-class series. Take home with some new ideas, and with a more complete understanding of how composting works. We guarantee better home composting just in time for the fall leaf season! To register, please register online or call 607-272-2292.

Fall Worm Compost Class

Sat, Oct. 20, 10am-Noon at CCETC, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca

Description: Learn how worms can make fast, rich compost for your garden while disposing of your food scraps. Take home the bin, a starter population of worms, and the knowledge to tend to your new pets. Register early, space is limited. $10 per household. To register, please register online or call 607-272-2292.

*CANCELED* Annual Leaf Swap and Compost Giveaway

Historically held in November between Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving

Explanation: After much deliberation, and consulting with researchers, we have decided to CANCEL our popular Leaf Swap and Compost Giveaway event. An invasive earthworm commonly called the Jumping Worm has been spreading in Tompkins County. It is spread through the transportation of soil (i.e. potted plants) and organic matter like compost and mulch. It is highly likely that these worms and their cocoons can be spread through transporting fallen leaves. Once established, the Jumping Worm alters the texture of the soil, and rapidly consumes leaf litter on the forest floor. It therefore alters the ecosystem in some undesirable ways. To learn more, and find out what you can do to help slow the spread, please visit our Invasive and Nuisance Species page.

Other Compost Classes and Workshops

    • Annual Leaf Swap and Compost Giveaway (fall)
    • Master Composter training (application deadline in January)
    • Bokashi Composting workshop (winter)
    • Spring Worm Compost Class (spring)

    Last updated May 29, 2018