Home Compost Workshops

Home Compost Workshops

Learn how easy and fun it is to recycle your fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves, and plant cuttings into compost in this free workshop! These workshops teach composting options suitable for those with or without a backyard. Apartment dwellers welcome! Compost provides valuable nutrients for your garden soil, helps retain moisture, which saves water, prevents erosion, loosens clay and compacted soils for better drainage, and suppresses weeds. It is rewarding to know you are turning what some consider waste into precious organic material for your garden.

Hot Pile Backyard Composting Workshop – ONLINE & Bi-Lingual

This workshop, instructed by local gardening and composting experts Najiha Al Asmar and Jesús Jimenez, will cover the basics of backyard hot pile composting via lecture and live demonstrations. By attending this workshop, San Mateo County residents qualify for a composting bin and discounted supplies.

Please note that backyard composting (also known as “hot pile” composting) is a special style of composting that can only be done outdoors and requires occasional turning. In this style of composting, microorganisms are the primary decomposers.

If you don’t have access to a backyard, but would still like to compost, you’re in luck! Najiha will also cover how to join the the Fresh Approach Community Compost Hub, a great option to get involved in composting at a community level.

**This will be a bilingual workshop, with separate audio feeds for English and Spanish speakers.**

Date: Saturday, June 26, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Zoom

Register here

Vermicomposting Workshop – ONLINE & Bi-Lingual 

This workshop will be instructed by local vermicomposting experts Todd Sutton and Alejandra Warren; Alejandra is serving as our interpreter to deliver this workshop to Spanish-speaking members of the community. The workshop will cover the basics of vermicomposting via lecture and live demonstrations. By attending this workshop, San Mateo County residents qualify for a complementary composting bin and discounted supplies.

Please note that vermicomposting is a special style of composting that can be done indoors or outdoors. In this style of composting, worms are the primary decomposition agents – the pile does not get hot, or require turning, like a backyard hot pile composting system does. This workshop is perfect for people interested in composting indoors or who don’t have a suitable space outside to create a compost pile.

**This will be a bilingual workshop, with separate audio feeds for English and Spanish speakers.**

Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Register here