Compost at Home

SAVE MONEY!  Reduce waste, pollution &  grow GREAT soils for HEALTHY gardens.
Local compost experts at the Grass Roots Garden were employed to create this teaching video for the  Recycle 101 Online Certificate Course offered by OSU Professional and Continuing Education platform.

is nature’s way of recycling. It is a satisfying way to turn your fruit, vegetable and yard trimmings into a rich, crumbly, sweet smelling soil conditioner.
  • Saves you money by lowering garbage bills and replacing store-bought soil conditioners.

  • Helps garden and house plants by improving the fertility and health of your soil.

  • Saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and reducing water runoff.

  • Benefits the environment by recycling valuable organic resources that would have created methane if landfilled.

Use an open pile or construct a simple bin for grass and leaves.  Use an enclosed system when composting food scraps like the Earth Machine from BRING Recycling. Mix trimmings and leaves with food scraps, keep moist, and let nature do the work.
 Don’t compost meat, bones, fish, dairy products, or grease.
Check out our Basic Composting How-to Brochure

Worm composting turns food scraps and waste into a high quality soil amendment for use on houseplants, vegetable seedlings and flowers. Skinner City Farm has an excellent article about Vermiculture Composting. In Fact, comparison studies show vast improvements in plant growth and disease resistance using vermicompost.

Worm Box Composter Discounts for Lane County citizens!

Nature's Footprint has agreed to sell Lane County residents a reduced price variation of their best-selling Worm Factory® for $42 plus shipping.  The Wormcycler is more affordable for smaller households.  Its compact size is perfect for garage, kitchen or outside use. To order your discounted bin, visit

We recommend selecting the purchase option "without worms" and instead using worms from a Local Worm Suppliers

A 1 or 2-lb supply of worms is all you need --shipped directly to you, it may cost up to $50. Or talk to friends/neighbors who compost, since worms reproduce rapidly in a well managed compost bin, it is possible to harvest the red wigglers and have them multiply in your bin.
Description and FAQs about this worm bin.

Learning More:
Attend a Workshop hosted by Lane County Extension Service - 2019
Compost Demonstrations
Worm bin Composting and worms - 1.5 hrs instructions

Check Out Books at Your Local Library:

Backyard Composting, by Harmonious Technologies
Home Composting Made Easy, by C. Forrest McDowell
Easy Composters You Can Build, by Nick Noves
Composting for Dummies, by Cathy Cromell

See links to the left for lots of downloadable Guides: