Composting Information

Thurston County Master Recycler Composters provide training and workshops and also support composting activities at the Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens. The classes leading to Master Recycler Composter certification are available to the public. Go to the master/recycler/composter program page for information about the classes and how to sign up.

Composting workshops for the public will be held during the year. Composting information is also available from Master Recycler Composters working at the Demonstration Gardens, and there will be multiple workshops at the MGTFC Plant Sale at Dirt Works Garden. In addition, composting questions can be directed to the ask-a-master-recycler-composter page.

Can’t wait for a workshop to get started? The following will tell you everything you always wanted to know about composting your yard and kitchen waste:

Need a compost recipe? Composting DOs and DON’Ts? Compost troubleshooting help? These websites have recipes and problem diagnosis and treatment info:

King County Worm bin composting information

Thurston County-specific information and lots of other useful composting tips:

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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