DIY / Grow

Backyard Composting Workshop Saturday, March 25, 10:00 am

Learn how to build and maintain healthy organic soil through composting.

Backyard Composting Workshop
Event Type



2 hours


All ages


DIY Members FREE
Members $20
Non-Members $30


The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothing suitable for gardening in the outdoors. We recommend you bring a garden hat, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle/canteen.

We will be taking pictures and possibly video to use on our website, social and other educational media, and by registering for this workshop you agree to our photo/video release policy.

If you are a DIY level member, please email or call 949-443-4223 to RSVP for this course.

Join us in The Ecology Center garden for a hands-on exploration into building healthy soil! You will learn how to make compost tea, work with soil building plants, and more. All participants will take home inspiring informational handouts and different compost samples to use in your garden!

Healthy soil is a living, breathing community of organisms interacting to provide a wide variety of benefits to their ecosystems.

In your garden, healthy soils:

  • Retain moisture and save water
  • Keep plant diseases and pests at bay
  • Suppress weeds and soil-borne diseases
  • Loosen clay and compacted soils
  • Prevent erosion
  • Eliminate harmful chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides

One of the easiest methods for building and maintaining healthy soil is by using compost and compost teas that you can make at home.

Join us in The Ecology Center garden for a hands-on exploration into building healthy soil.  Together we will:

  • Discuss the basics of healthy organic garden soils
  • Learn how to build soils using nitrogen fixers, bioaccumulators, and other soil building plants
  • Demonstrate multiple composting methods for the home
  • Learn how to use compost and compost teas in your garden

All attendees will receive informational hand-outs to complement the subjects covered in the workshop, and take home a few samples of different composts from The Ecology Center.


Lauren Fieberg has over 10 years experience in organic gardening and fruit tree pruning. She was trained at UC Santa Cruz in Agroecology and has been involved in the local food movement through Transition Laguna Beach and Slow Food Orange County. Previously a high school science teacher and school garden leader, she transitioned full time into managing School Programs and The Eco Labs at The Ecology Center in June 2016. When she isn’t writing garden-based curriculum, or farming with Eco-Apprentices, she is inspiring the next generation through after school garden work days and The Water Effect Student Ambassadors Internship Program.  She holds a Masters in Social Justice Education, a B.A. in Environmental Studies, and a B.S. in Marine Biology all from the UC Santa Cruz.