Compost Workshops

Offered every Sunday at 11:30 AM.

Composting turns organic waste that would end up in a landfill into nutrient-rich soil. Lower your carbon footprint, divert waste, and enhance your garden all with one solution. Join us for a one-hour workshop to get you started and answer questions. (Included with cost of admission)

Compost bins are available for $35 to Chula Vista residents who have attended one of the City’s composting workshops or the Master Composter Course.

Chula Vista residents can receive free admission to the Living Coast on select Sundays! Click here to sign up.

Can’t make the Sunday workshop? Learn more about a Private Composting Webinar here.

Upcoming Compost Workshops:

Taller de Compostaje Bilingüe

Ofrecido en inglés y español el primer domingo de cada mes a las 11:30am. La composta convierte desechos orgánicos que terminaría en la basura en tierra rica en nutrientes. Reduzca
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On the first Sunday of the month, the compost workshop will be offered in English and Spanish. On the last Sunday of the month, the workshop will cover Vermicomposting!

What is Vermicomposting?

It’s simple! Vermicomposting uses earthworms to convert organic waste into fertilizer! Creating your own worm bin at home is easy, and the Living Coast is here to show you how. On the last Sunday of each month, our Sustainability Manager, Katharine, will host a vermicomposting workshop at the Living Coast! Check out this video for some tips on vermicomposting! Special thanks to the Port of San Diego.

*Workshop is included with the Living Coast admission, subject to cancellation.

Master Composter Program – Spring 2024

Tuesdays from 6:00 – 8:30 PM
April 2 through May 14

This FREE seven-week Master Composter course provides training in the art and science of composting.  Course includes lectures and online demonstrations.

Course covers the following:

  • Traditional composting
  • How to build a compost pile’ demonstration
  • Vermicomposting
  • Soil Health
  • Bugs in your compost pile
  • Environmental impacts
  • Much more!

*Attendance to all seven class meetings and completion of 30 hours of related volunteer service is required to receive certification from the City of Chula Vista.

Living Coast - community master compost classes

Compost at the living coast

Composting 101 Webinar

Can’t make the free Sunday workshops? Want to book a private virtual workshop for your group? Our Compost 101 Virtual Webinar is only $200 for a 30-minute live event, complete with a tailored program to fit your group’s needs. Learn all about sustainable living, including topics such as how to start your own worm bin, what composting is, how to compost, and the benefits of recycling organic matter.

Contact: for details or questions

School Compost Program

Our new Composting Program is perfect for your class, garden club, or sustainability group. Suggested for Grades 3-8. We come to your school and teach the “Whats, Whys, and Hows of Composting”.  If you have a compost bin on site, we also spend time turning the pile together. Visit our School Outreach page for more details, fees, and how to register.

We also have a virtual version! Visit our Virtual Field Trip page for more information.

Compost Resources from the City of Chula Vista:

  • Check out a PDF of “Less Toxic Yard & Garden Care” from the City of Chula Vista.
  • Click Here for more information about the City of Chula Vista’s composting programs.

Thank you to the City of Chula Vista Office of Sustainability for sponsoring all of our composting programs!