Compost Contributors

To join the garden as a kitchen compost member, send a message to register with the garden and set up a time for a 20-minute compost tutorial. Compost members may be asked to help out with compost-related tasks up to four times a year. Tasks include turning and sifting compost and usually take no more than an hour.

Currently the garden accepts the following kitchen scraps for composting:

  • Uncooked fruit and vegetables (including corn cobs, potato peels, fruit rinds, cores)
  • Coffee grounds and paper filters
  • Tea bags without staples
  • Seaweed
  • Crushed eggshells

All kitchen scraps need to be chopped into one- to three-inch pieces before they can be added to the compost. (Chopping scraps helps materials to break down faster.)

List of Compost No-No's

The materials below are unsuitable for our open-air compost system. Some attract vermin, while others may contain substances that are harmful to the aerobic bacteria hard at work breaking down the plant-based materials. Please be sure to keep these materials out of our compost.

  • Meat and bones
  • Fish
  • Dairy products (e.g., cheese, milk, yogurt)
  • Eggs (but crushed eggshells are acceptable)
  • Fats, oils and grease
  • Cooked food
  • Cut flowers
  • Grass clippings
  • Woody yard waste
  • Diseased plants
  • Pesticide-treated plants
  • Plastic, plastic bags, twist ties and rubber bands
  • Compostable utensils and dishes
  • Cat and dog waste
  • Wood ashes
  • Treated wood, sawdust and plywood shavings