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Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting Resources and Links
The US Composting Council recognizes that composting is occurring at a variety of different levels across the US; from the homeowners composting some leaves and food scraps in their back yards, to the commercial facilities composting 1000s of cubic yards
per year. It’s all good and it’s all part of our national composting infrastructure.
Our friends at the Institute for Local Self Reliance created a webinar and gathered resources on Composting at Home: an Introduction to the Basics.
COMPOSTING during Coronavirus
Residential Composting IS Safe! Read this factsheet.
This is a great place to begin your search for information. It’s an introductory explanation on creating a compost pile in your backyard or indoors, depending on space: http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home
CalRecycle (formerly the California Integrated Waste Management Board) produced this 27 page booklet containing a set of do-it-yourself compost bin designs for both backyard composting and vermicomposting. It contains detailed information on materials, tools and composting bin design: /resource/resmgr/images/BuildingYourOwnCompostingBin.pdf
City of San Jose, California
The Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Master Gardener site has a variety of downloadable fact sheets and Q&A sections on compost production, structures, use and gardening at: http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/?target=publications
This is Florida’s Backyard Composting Tutorial and Information Website. It’s a wealth of information and instructions on the science and practical application of backyard composting. There are many links contained within this site:
It’s important to recognize how widespread composting is, even in paradise! The cooperative extension service at the University of Hawaii publishes this brief, but helpful pamphlet on the topic:
A 20 page booklet covering a variety of gardening and recycling topics can be found at: http://cleanwaterhonolulu.com/storm/news/backyard_conservation.pdf
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is the state agency responsible for recycling, composting and mulching. They have several publications available for downloading at: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/LandStewardship/WasteManagement/CompostingOrganics.aspx/.
The Louisiana State University Ag Center provides a 20 page handbook, ‘Backyard Composting – Waste to Resource’ on their site at: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/portals/communications/publications/publications_catalog/lawn%20and%20garden/backyard%20composting
There’s also a 2 page troubleshooting guide available at: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/NR/rdonlyres/BCC96EDA-75F7-4F08-9C81-1ADA8C167D49/2182/pub2517compost2.pdf
The Maine State Planning Office is tasked with assisting municipalities (and residents) in their efforts to improve recycling and composting performance. They provide detailed booklets on yard and food waste composting and a downloadable PDF on vermicomposting: http://www.maine.gov/dep/sustainability/compost/index.html.
They also provide links for more information on a variety of composting related topics: http://www.maine.gov/dep/sustainability/compost/index.html
Washtenaw County provides information on composting hows and whys, including equipment and bins, as well as a Master Composter program. Check out their program here.
The University of Minnesota Extension Service has material on-line regarding soil health and backyard composting: https://www.washtenaw.org/351/Composting
They also have a well established Master Gardener program.
The University of Missouri provides very easy to follow directions on building compost bins of various construction, as well as links to backyard compost production at: http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=G6957
The Missouri Department of natural resources also provides information and PDF downloads on all things composting at: http://dnr.mo.gov/env/swmp/composting/
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality provides downloadable PDFs on home composting and also a few links to other sites at: http://deq.mt.gov/Land/Recycle/Compostingnew
This is the Rutgers University site. It contains 3 very useful, downloadable PDFs on Backyard Leaf Composting, Home Composting and Vermicomposting: https://njaes.rutgers.edu/fs811/
They also have information on Master Gardeners at: https://njaes.rutgers.edu/mastergardeners/
The Bernalillo County (NM) Extension Master Composters have been educating local citizens on the science, art, materials, methods and benefits of home composting in the desert. You are welcome to visit our website: www.nmcomposters.org
The Cornell Waste Management Institute operates this website. It contains a variety of different links to educational resources aimed at both people interested in composting at their homes, schools, or business and others who want to promote small scale composting: http://cwmi.css.cornell.edu/smallscale.htm
This is the website of the North Carolina Composting Association, a state affiliate of the USCC. It contains links to backyard and to vermicomposting information, as well as links to other related sites. The backyard composting link is: http://carolinacompost.com/
The vermicomposting link is: http://www.carolinacompost.com/vermicomposting
The Ohio State University maintains a Composting at Home fact sheet that reviews the basics of compost bin design and composting practices. It is: http://www.therockpile.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/OhioStateFact-Composting.pdf. Their home page containing links to facts sheets and other composting topics is: https://www.osu.edu/
The Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP) offers a multi-page ‘booklet’ to composting grass, leaves and other organics generated in the home, as well as providing some links to other resources: www.proprecycles.org/
Rick Stehouwer, Ph.D. from Penn State University’s Environmental Science and Research program in the College of Agriculture, has created an excellent PowerPoint presentation on composting. Go to this website and then click on Composting is Recycling Naturally to review and download: http://backyardcompost.cas.psu.edu/howiscompostmade/how_is_compost_made.html
The Washington State University Cooperative Extension Service maintains a very helpful website containing information on backyard and kitchen waste composting, compost uses and composting health and safety issues at:
There are an almost limitless number of company and private composting sites that are easy to find on the internet. We have listed above only those sites affiliated with universities, professional organizations and those that are affiliated with state or municipalities, that provide impartial information. There are a few private sites, however, that are worth visiting:
This relatively new site is a very good compilation from a variety of sources, including a link to National Geographic’s Green Guide Video on home composting: http://www.improvenet.com/a/guide-to-composting-at-home
Agriculture in the Classroom
Backyard Magic: The Composting Handbook
City Farmer: Worm Words
Compost and Fertile soil building
Composting at School
“The Compost Story” by Kiss the Ground
Environmental Home Remodeling: Recycling and Composting
EPA: Composting Basic Information
How to Compost
How to Make Compost
School Composting: A Manual for Connecticut Schools
“The Soil Story” by Kiss The Ground
Vermicomposting – a 5th Grader School Enrichment Curriculum, by Rhonda Sherman, NC State University
Vermicomposting curriculum for middle schools students
The Worm Guide: A Vermicomposting Guide For Teachers
National Geographic –Green Home Makeover – Compost
Composting 101– basic video for backyard composting
Composting Made Easy – video for backyard composting of grass clippings and yard waste