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Composting Workshops

Program Contact: WSU Master Gardener Question/Answer Clinic
(360) 867-2163 • master@co.thurston.wa.us

2022 Composting Workshops

Workshops are free and open to the public.  No advance registration is required for in-person workshops.  Links to register for workshops on Zoom are provided below.


Saturday May 7

Closed Loop Park Demonstration Garden 

  • 10-11am, Yard and Food Waste Composting
  • 11am-noon, Worm Composting

To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (May 1-7, 2022), the Master Recycler Composter Program of Thurston County is hosting 2 in-person workshops on Saturday May 7, 2022 at the Closed Loop Park Demonstration Garden.

From 10am to 11am will be a workshop on yard waste composting and from 11am to noon will be a workshop on worm composting. Come for one or both workshops.

The workshops will be held rain or shine.  The demonstration garden is outside and has no seating available, but you are welcome to bring your own chair.  COVID procedures will be followed.

Workshops are free and open to the public.  No advance registration is required for in-person workshops.

Directions to Closed Loop Park Demonstration Garden


Tuesday June 28, noon-1pm, Introduction to Home Composting – Zoom

Webinar will cover pros and cons of different bin styles, materials for making compost, what shouldn’t go in your compost pile, and what to expect from your compost pile.
This workshop is free and open to the public. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Sunday July 10, 6:30-7:30pm, Yard and Food Waste Composting at Closed Loop Park Demonstration Garden

Workshop is free and open to the public.  No advance registration is required for this workshop.

Directions to Closed Loop Park Demonstration Garden


Thursday August 4, 6:30-7:30pm (new time), Yard and Food Waste Composting at Dirt Works Demonstration Garden

Workshop is free and open to the public.  No advance registration is required for this workshop.

Directions to Dirt Works Demonstration Garden


Thursday September 1, Noon-1pm, Introduction to Home Composting – Zoom

Webinar will cover pros and cons of different bin styles, materials for making compost, what shouldn’t go in your compost pile, and what to expect from your compost pile.
This workshop is free and open to the public. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Saturday October 15, 10-11am, Preparing for Winter – Worm and Yard Waste Composting at Dirt Works Demonstration Garden

Workshop is free and open to the public.  No advance registration is required for this workshop.

Directions to Dirt Works Demonstration Garden


2022 Composting workshop flyer (pdf)

 

 

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Directions to Our Composting Demonstration Gardens

Directions to Dirt Works Demonstration Garden: (open for events only and by appointment)

  • From I-5 take HWY 101 towards Shelton. Get off at Black Lake Blvd. exit and at the bottom of the ramp turn right. Get in your left lane and make a left onto Cooper Point Road. Follow this until you reach Capital Mall Drive. Make a left onto Capital Mall Drive and follow it until you see Alta Street. Turn right onto Alta Street. Follow this road into the park and drive through the parking lot until it ends. The garden entrance is located at the end of the parking lot.
  • If you use Google Maps, search for “dirt works demonstration garden”.

Directions to Closed Loop Park Demonstration Garden: (Open year round, same time as the Waste and Recovery Center)

  • Located just inside the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) at 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE.
  • Once you are at Waste and Recovery Center entrance follow the road in and take the first right into the parking lot. This lot is for garden and dog park visitors. Closed Loop Park demonstration garden is all the greenery adjacent to the parking lot and to the left of the dog park entrance. Composting workshops are held in the composting area next to the gazebo. The gazebo is located on the opposite end of the dog park entrance.

Directions to Olympia Farmers Market Demonstration Garden: (Open year round)

  • Located on the east side of the Market on the north end of Capitol Way in downtown Olympia.