How to Compost at Red Wiggler

All CSA members are encouraged to take advantage of our compost program. It's an easy process, and one of the simplest things you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. Instead of heading to a landfill or incinerator, your food waste decomposes at the farm—reducing methane and creating rich fertilizer.

We try our best to make composting as simple as possible. Here’s the deal:

  • At your CSA pick-up, retrieve a clean compost bucket and lid (test to be sure it fits!) from the barn.
  • Take it home and leave it in your garage, patio, or backyard.
  • Toss your compostable materials in the bin. See below for our compost YES and NO lists.
  • Bring your full compost bucket with you the following week, set it inside the wood and wire hutch outside the barn, and retrieve a clean bucket and lid.
  • That’s it! We take care of the rest!

YES! Please compost me!

raw or cooked vegetable & fruit scraps, nuts, grains, leaves, grass cuttings, dead flower arrangements, egg shells, coffee grounds (no filters, please), citrus rinds

NO! Please don't compost me!

meat, bones, cheese, dairy products, plastic, fruit stickers, rubber bands, printer paper, paper towels, pet food & waste, twisty ties, cooked or raw eggs


How long can I wait before bringing back my compost?
To avoid an overly smelly bin, it’s good to bring your compost either weekly (especially at the height of the summer) or every other week. However, we’ll take it no matter what!

What can I do to make it less smelly and soupy?
 While your compostables are in the bin, they are essentially rotting (a stinky process). They will not begin to really decompose (a relatively un-stinky process) until they get to the compost pile where they will have the help of the elements and decomposers. That means, bringing your compost weekly will REALLY help. Also, lining the bottom of the bin with a few sheets of (black & white, non-glossy) newspaper or dry leaves can help neutralize the odors.

Coffee grounds are one of the best things for compost but also tend to make your bin smellier. Keep your old coffee grounds in a different container until the last minute when you are ready to bring your bin back to the farm

But what about raccoons and other critters?
It’s rare that this becomes a problem unless you are composting meat and dairy (which we don’t!), however, one creature’s trash is another creature’s treasure so make sure you get a tight lid and if you still have trouble keeping animals out consider using a bungee cord to keep it tight.

How much is too much?
There is no such thing! Feel free to bring your leaves, grass clippings, watermelon rinds from a pool party -- our fields love it!

Any more questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask. Can’t find a bin that is clean or meets your needs? Ask us! We’ll do our best to accommodate! Contact: csa@redwiggler.org