Composting and Vermicomposting Resources

(All links below are from reputable sources. However, the majority of backyard compost bins/piles do not reach hot enough temperatures (130+ degrees F/55+ degrees C) to kill weed seed or salmonella and ecoli, so caution should be used when composting materials such as dairy products, meats, manures, weeds with seeds or diseased plants.)


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:

This link builds on the basics provided above and focuses on backyard composting:

This link examines the basics of composting with worms, or vermicomposting:

Home Composting

Backyard Composting with Ginny Black
Backyard Composting Resources from The Minnesota Composting Council
Composting At Home – How To Make Your Own Compost Heap
A Homeowner's Guide to Composting
Backyard Composting
What can be Composted: 40+ items to compost or avoid
Guide To Composting At Home
Composting Guide for Beginners
Home Advisor
Cornell Small Scale Composting
University of Wisconsin-Madison: The Art and Science of Composting By Dr. Leslie Cooperband
US Insurance Agents – An excellent collection of information on backyard composting
EcoCycle Backyard Composting
Quiet Hut Home Composting
Composting for beginners: How-to, and why you should start composting
A Complete Guide to Going Green at Home in 2019
Reducing Food Waste at Home
Environmental Home Remodeling: Recycling and Composting
EPA: Composting Basic Information
Composting 101 Basics – Backyard Composting (GardenForkTV)


A Beginners Guide to Gardening

How to Make a Compost Bin

Wire Bin
Pallet Bin


Vermicomposting a Guide to Getting Started
Compost Collaborative Resource page
Homemade Plant Food to Keep Your Plants Happy | ProFlowers
Food Waste Resources | Pritikin Center

Other Options

Composting Toilets: A Step Towards A Greener WORLD!!
Increasing the OM in the Soil
Composting for Kids - PDF Download
Where to Donate Food When You Move

The above links are not sanction by the CCREF, but are intended to give you “how to” ideas. A search of the internet will give many more ideas.

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