Composting Workshops

Workshops are offered from June 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


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


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.

2014 Composting Workshop Schedule


(10 a.m. start time unless noted)


Saturday May 17th Yard Waste Dirt Works
Saturday May 17th Worms/Kitchen Waste (11 a.m.) Dirt Works
Saturday May 17th Yard Waste (1 p.m.) Dirt Works
Saturday May 17th Worms/Kitchen Waste(2 p.m.) Dirt Works
Saturday June 14th Worms/Kitchen Waste Closed Loop Park
Thursday July 17th Yard and worm composting for small spaces Olympia Farmers Market Garden
Saturday August 9th Yard Waste Dirt Works
Saturday September 6th Yard Waste Closed Loop Park
Saturday October 4th Worm composting-putting worms to bed for the winter Dirt Works

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

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]

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]

March  2015
Events on Mar 11, 2015
  • MGFTC Board Mtg
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: Mar 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Thurston County Extension, 5033 Harrison Avenue Northwest, Olympia, WA 98502, United States
Events on Mar 14, 2015
  • Seasonal Garden Transformations
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: Mar 14, 2015 - 3:00 pm
    Description: Spring Ephemerals – 1pm – 3pm RSVP to by March 11. You will receive directions to the garden when you register. The announcement that spring is really upon us is made by the quiet budding of some plants, and the colorful exclamation of others. Come see and share the beauty of these early harbingers – corydalis in many colors, red flowering currant, euphorbia, brunnera, lungwort, unfurling ferns etc. The hellebores should still be in their glory as well. Bring gardening gloves and a plant knife/tool. We’ll be digging and splitting some small plants so you can take home a start. Beverages and nibbles will be provided.
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