Backyard Composting

Westmoreland Cleanways has been teaching county residents the benefits of composting for more than a decade. Taught by experienced Penn State Master Gardeners, our Backyard Composting Workshops explain how to turn organic kitchen and yard waste into a nourishing soil enrichment that improves soil structure, attracts beneficial organisms, and provides all the nutrients a plant needs to thrive without chemical additives.

In addition to workshops, a backyard composting demonstration site is located on the grounds of the Donohoe Center, 216 Donohoe Road in Greensburg, next to the Penn State Master Gardener trial gardens. Visitors can view various methods of composting using both commercial and homemade compost bins.

Backyard Composting Workshops are scheduled during the spring and fall at:   the Westmoreland Conservation District Barn in Greensburg; Oak Hollow Park in North Huntingdon; Valley Landfill in Penn Township; and the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at St. Vincent College. Click here for this year's schedule of classes.

The cost of the workshop is $10 per person, payable at the door, and pre-registration is required.  (*Westmoreland Cleanways reserves the right to cancel a workshop with insufficient enrollment.)  Call 724-879-4020, or email Natalie to register or for more information about this year’s classes.

Workshops are great for both novices and seasoned composters.  There’s always something new to learn.  If attending a workshop is not possible, click here to download the "Westmoreland Cleanways Guide To Home Composting," the manual used in the Backyard Composting Workshops.   The manual covers the basics of composting, how to build a compost pile, how to make different types of compost bins, and troubleshooting tips.