Sign from the old Compost Demonstration site at Ithaca Community Gardens

Compost Demonstration Site at Ithaca Community Gardens

Classes & Workshops

The 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.

Fall Composting Class Series

Thursday, October 20, 2022, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 27, 2022, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Outdoors and in-person at CCETC, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca

With additional biomass and the coming of winter, fall is the perfect time to focus on home composting. "Dig deeper" into outdoor and indoor composting practices in this two-class, outdoor series!

10/20 - Using an indoor composting system allows those without outdoor space to compost and make a rich soil amendment for houseplants or container gardens. People with outdoor space can also benefit from composting indoors. Worm composting produces a particularly rich product. Indoor methods keep compost active over the winter, and can be easier than maintaining an outdoor bin. Class topics include worm composting, bokashi composting, and other indoor methods. Every household will go home with a working worm bin, and all the info you need to get started.

10/27 - Outdoor composting skills can help you to compost large amounts of leaves, garden debris, food scraps and more. The compost you make will improve your soil and your garden will thrive. Class topics include compost basics,options for outdoor composting, how to manage and troubleshoot, how and when to harvest, and the many ways to use finished compost.

Come to one class or come to both of them. We guarantee that you will acquire composting knowledge and skills that you can put to use this fall/winter.

*Note: due to COVID-19, classes will be held outdoors, and attendees will be required to sign an Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver*

Fee: $10/class or $15 for the 2-class series. Register in advance..

Virtual Compost Fair and 4H Duck Race

Held online on Sun, Sept 13, 2020; 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 Michaelides, 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

  • Master Composter Training
  • Ask a Master Composter
  • Compost Learning Collaborative Trainings
  • Bokashi Composting Workshop

Last updated October 12, 2022