Composting Workshops

Workshops are offered from May through October at Closed Loop Park, Dirt Works and Olympia Farmers Market demonstration gardens. Workshops alternate between Yard Waste and Worms / Kitchen Waste.

Yard Waste Workshop

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Master Recycler Composters will teach you how to make rich compost for your garden in a demonstration clinic. Free public workshop. Question and Answer atmosphere. No pre-registration is necessary.

Worm Bin (Food Waste) Workshop

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Master Recycler Composters will teach a how-to workshop on worm bin composting. Free public workshop. Question and Answer atmosphere. No pre-registration is necessary.


2016  Composting Workshop Schedule

Current schedule can be found at http://ext100.wsu.edu/thurston/gardening/composting/

Closed Loop Park is located just inside the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center entrance at 2418 Hogum Bay Road in Lacey (Hawk’s Prairie). Closed Loop Park is open the same hours at the Waste and Recovery Center. [map] For hours visit http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/solidwaste/garbage/garbage-hours.htm


Dirt Works Garden is located inside Yauger Park in West Olympia. Yauger Park entrance is on Alta Street off of Capital Mall Drive. The entrance to the garden is located at the end of the Yauger Park parking lot next to the new Community Garden. [map]

*During the Plant Sale, take home composting information will be available throughout the sale. Master Recycler Composter volunteers will be stationed by the composting area to answer questions.


Olympia Farmers Market Garden (Gallacci Gardens) is located on the East side of the Market. The Market is located at 700 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA 98501 From I-5, take exit 105A, to City Center After passing through the Capital Campus underpass, turn right on Capitol Way. Proceed north through downtown Olympia,toward the waterfront. Plenty of free parking behind the Market, at the end of Capitol Way [map]


WSU Thurston County Extension Office is located at 5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia, WA 98502 [map]

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Events on Jul 5, 2016
  • Children's Garden Class: A Botany Rainbow
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Jul 5, 2016 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Demonstration Garden and Composting Site, Alta St SW, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
    Description: This class explores the various uses of plants by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. We will be learning key features in identifying many native plants. Take-home crafts with a Native American theme will be featured.
    Register in advance by the Friday before the program you plan to attend. Please e-mail children-garden@mgftc.org and provide your name, contact information and age(s) of children planning to attend.
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Events on Jul 12, 2016
  • Children's Garden Class: Kid-Sized Square Foot Gardening
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Jul 12, 2016 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Demonstration Garden and Composting Site, Alta St SW, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
    Description: Come see how to grow veggies in a very compact space that’s just the right size for children. Each child will make their very own square foot seed mat to take home and plant.
    Register in advance by the Friday before the program you plan to attend. Please e-mail children-garden@mgftc.org and provide your name, contact information and age(s) of children planning to attend.
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Events on Jul 13, 2016
  • Board Meeting
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: Jul 13, 2016 - 6:30 pm
    Location: Extension Office
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Events on Jul 19, 2016
  • Children's Garden Class: Powerful Pollinators
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Jul 19, 2016 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Demonstration Garden and Composting Site, Alta St SW, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
    Description: Come see how to grow veggies in a very compact space that’s just the right size for children. Each child will make their very own square foot seed mat to take home and plant.
    Register in advance by the Friday before the program you plan to attend. Please e-mail children-garden@mgftc.org and provide your name, contact information and age(s) of children planning to attend.
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Events on Jul 26, 2016
  • Children's Garden Class: Recycle/Upcycle in the Garden
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Jul 26, 2016 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Dirt Works Demonstration Garden and Composting Site, Alta St SW, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
    Description: Have you ever wondered, “Hmmm, what can I do with this item instead of throwing it away?”, then this is the class for all of you creative thinkers as we learn new ways of using everyday items in the garden.
    Register in advance by the Friday before the program you plan to attend. Please e-mail children-garden@mgftc.org and provide your name, contact information and age(s) of children planning to attend.
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