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Everything you need to start composting or to compost better.

Bins, tools and methods are on display, so you can learn how each performs. Try them out — there's one that is right for you.

During the summer, a Compost Coach is ready to answer your questions, give you a tour, let you try some tools and show you a few tricks. You can even make a mini-worm bin to take home!

Note: Compost 'S cool will be regularly staffed starting Saturday, May 16.

Composting in the Classroom

Teachers can request a Vermicomposting Kit for their classroom. You provide the bin and we'll send you some worms with instructions on how to assemble and care for your bin. The kids take it from there. Grades 4 and up. Free, includes only 50 worms.

Composting at the office?

Office Sustainability Teams can request a free one-hour Lunch 'N Learn related to home composting, worm composting, or soil and garden topics.

So Many Ways to Learn

For a quarter Century Edmontonians have come to Compost ‘S cool to learn about soil. We’re celebrating by delivering more of what we do best.

Dress warmly, we'll be outdoors!

Free, donations of kitchen scraps and lawn clippings are gratefully accepted.

Learn About Compost

Basic Composting Workshops at Compost 'S cool at River Loop Trail

You will learn the basic approach to making good compost and see several methods and techniques for keeping it working and trouble-free.

Free, 2 hours, Register on Facebook, or call 780-496-5526.

Sunday May 3 at 10am

Saturday May 9 at 10am

Saturday May 16 at 9:30am

Sunday May 17 at 1pm

Monday May 18 at 1pm

Saturday May 30 at 10am

Sunday June 21 at 1pm

Wednesday July 1 at 9:30am

Sunday July 5 at 9:30am

Saturday July 18 at 9:30am

Saturday Aug 5 at 1pm

We provide workshops throughout the City — call 780-496-5526 to request one for your office or garden club.

Need a bit more help?

Watch this Composting Basics video.

Drop by Compost 'S cool any weekend, between 10 and 4, to chat with a compost coach.  Bring us your food scraps and we'll turn them into flowers.

Soil-Focused Presentations

Are you a food grower, nature lover, or environmentalist?

These two-hour presentations contain similar information about soil and plants, but each has a different focus. Free, but donations of kitchen scraps and lawn clippings are gratefully accepted.

Register on Facebook, or call 780-496-5526.

Soil Building workshops explain how clay becomes soil and how plants take nutrients from the soil.  If your goal is healthy food then this is for you. #Brix #PlantHealth #NoPestsOrDisease #SoilFoodweb

Saturday May 16 at 1pm

Saturday July 11 at 1pm

Saturday Aug 5 at 9:30am

#BeTheBison explores what was lost when the prairies lost the Bison. Without Alberta’s great herds our soil has degraded and biodiversity is threatened. Discover how each of us can adapt our gardening habits to fill the niche and become the Bison. #NativeSpecies # Permaculture #NoLawn #MessyGarden

Monday May 18 at 1pm

Sunday June 21 at 9pm

Carbon Farming is horticulture’s answer to climate change. When you garden in a way that takes carbon out of the atmosphere and stores it in and on the soil, you’re a carbon farmer. #RegenerativeAg #ClimateEmergency #Grazing

Saturday May 30 at 1pm

Saturday Aug 1 at 1pm

Tired of Fighting Weeds?

Learn how different plants contribute to your soil so you can use them instead of fighting them. We'll be pulling and composting weeds growing in Edmonton's River Valley.  #Biodiversity #SoilSuccession

Register on Facebook, or call 780-496-5526.

Saturday June 13 at 9am

Saturday July 11 at 9am

Saturday Aug 1 at 9am

Saturday Aug 29 at 9am

Fun Family Events

Event Days for Gardeners and Earth lovers!

Details for each event can be found on Facebook, or call 780-496-5526. Donations of kitchen scraps or lawn clippings gratefully accepted.

Opening Day, Saturday May 16 - We're celebrating 25 years of learning! Join us for cookies and games.

Ukulele Day, Saturday June 6 – Bring your ukulele and sun protection down for a raucous jam session at 1 pm.  Beginners welcome; great fun.

Garbage Truck Day, Saturday June 13 – Kids love Garbage Trucks and today’s the day your child gets to operate one.  Come down between 1-4pm to meet a collector and make a “Thank You” card to leave out on your next Trash Day!

Pumpkin Smash, Nov 1 – For two years in a row 300 kids smashed over 500 pumpkins. You know you want to be part of that!  Watch for details about this event on Facebook@CompostScool.

Ongoing Drop-In Programs

Build a Worm Bin - Worms in my house? Yes, these gentle creatures will be hard at work in your home turning food scraps into castings – an amazing soil builder and source of slow-release nutrients for your houseplants and garden. Build a bin to take home.

Free. Any weekend or holiday between 10am-4pm, May long weekend to Labour Day.

Microbe Exchange - Biodiversity is vital to soil and plant health. Bring a container of your best compost, soil, leaf mold, etc and add it to our Exchange. You're adding to a microbe- and nutrient-rich blend. Take a similar amount home to inoculate your garden.

Self-serve. Available from spring thaw to autumn freeze-up.

Share Your Waste - Do you have extra kitchen scraps and yard waste but no way to recycle them?  Bring them to us for composting.  Join like-minded soil builders like you on the ShareWaste.com app.

Host a Workshop In Your Community

Host a workshop for your social club or Community Garden.

Free to not-for-profit groups in the Edmonton region. To book call 780 496 5526.

Topics range from basic to more advanced:

  • Home Composting
  • Mulching
  • Indoor Composting (Worms or Bokashi)
  • Soil Building
  • #BeTheBison
  • Working with Weeds
  • Carbon Farming

Program Details

Cost: It's free to drop in.

Hours:  The site is open around the clock to give residents access to the different styles of composting bins. Food scraps can be dropped off at any time. A Composting Coach is on site from 10am-4pm on weekends and holidays from Victoria Day until Labour Day. For questions after hours, contact 780-496-5526.  

Location: Between the John Janzen Nature Centre and Fort Edmonton. Find us on Google Maps.

Location Map

Map of Compost 'S cool, River Loop Trail,
Compost 'S cool, River Loop Trail,
Edmonton, Alberta

For More Information

Our staff and volunteers are ready to answer your questions or even visit your yard to help you compost better.

Media inquiries should be directed through the appropriate media contact.

Title The Compost Doctors
Telephone

780-496-5526

Email compost@edmonton.ca
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CompostScool/

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