Free Compost Workshops
Composting is nature's way of recycling. Yard waste and food waste are broken down and become food for plants.
Read about the County's free annual workshops here, or explore all of our backyard composting information.
Free Annual Workshops
Every spring the County of Santa Barbara offers free workshops to answer all your composting-related questions. Whether you're looking to keep food scraps out of the landfill (and reduce greenhouse gas emissions), learn helpful home composting tips, or have never heard of composting but are interested, these workshops are for you!
This year's workshops are scheduled as follows:
- Saturday, March 18 - Mulch Madness Event at the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Saturday, April 1 - Sustainable Gardens in Orcutt, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
- Saturday, April 8 - Santa Barbara City College Lifescape Gardens, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
- Saturday, April 15 - Isla Vista Food Co-op, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
- Thursday, April 20 - Santa Barbara City College Earth Day Festival, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Feel free to download our flyers and share with your friends and colleagues:
If you miss the workshop in your community, more will be offered next spring. Check back here for dates, times, and locations. Or you can send us an e-mail with the subject "Composting Workshop" by using our contact page. Please include your name and address.
"My sincere thanks to everyone who attended one of the three backyard composting workshops that I conducted last spring. I am excited that attendees left the workshops with a deeper knowledge of how to reduce waste and create valuable soil amendment in their backyards."
Sam Dickinson, County Composting Specialist
What about private workshops?
If you have a group of seven or more people interested in composting, County staff can provide a private workshop. These are also free. Please use the contact page to send us a note, and we'll make the arrangements.
What if I just have a question or two?
Feel free to email or call Sam Dickinson, our composting specialist, at (805) 882-3618. It may take a couple of days for Sam to respond (he's a busy guy!), but he'll be sure to get back to you.
Also, don't miss our comprehensive backyard composting guide on our home composting page. Chances are you'll find your answer there.
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