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


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.

2015 Composting Workshop Schedule


(10 a.m. start time unless noted)


Saturday May 16th Yard Waste Dirt Works
(Plant Sale*)
Saturday May 16th Worms/Kitchen Waste (11 a.m.) Dirt Works
(Plant Sale*)
Saturday June 13th Worms/Kitchen Waste Closed Loop Park
Thursday July 16th Yard and worm composting for small spaces Olympia Farmers Market Garden
Saturday August 1st Yard Waste Dirt Works
Saturday September 5th Yard Waste Closed Loop Park
Saturday October 10th 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]

*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]

April  2015
Events on Apr 14, 2015
  • MGFTC Board Meeting
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: Apr 14, 2015 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Thurston County Extension Office, Harrison Avenue, Olympia
Events on Apr 18, 2015
  • Make & Take Straw Bale Garden Workshop
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: Apr 18, 2015 - 11:00 am
    Location: WSU Extension Office, 5033 Harrison Ave NW Olympia 98502
    Description: Everyone who takes the class will leave with a planted mini-straw bale. You will learn the benefits of straw bale gardening and tips and tricks for being successful. Cost $5 In this workshop, you will learn the benefits of SBG, how to do it, and tips and tricks for a successful, low maintenance straw bale vegetable and/or flower garden. You’ll also get to plant your own mini straw bale to take home to enjoy throughout the year!

    Register by March 13th so that we have a straw bale for you! Cost is $5.

    Space is limited so RSVP today to Suzannah at or 867-2159.
Events on Apr 21, 2015
  • Membership Meeting (open to public)
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: Apr 21, 2015 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Thurston County Health Department. 412 Lilly rd, Olympia
    Description: 6:00pm Potluck, social time and meeting updates
    7:00pm to 8:00pm Speaker Cori Carlton, Topic "Slugs, slugs, slugs"

    Not a member of the Foundation, no problem. Dues are only $10 a year. Visit to download an application.
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