Backyard composting allows you to recycle your yard clippings and fruit and vegetable scraps into a valuable soil amendment right in your own yard. It is a great way to save money, reduce the amount of waste that is disposed, and improve the quality of your soil. The Recycling & Solid Waste Division hosts free composting seminars at community gardens throughout the city.

Saturdays         –       Session 1: 8 – 9 a.m.       Session 2: 9 – 10 a.m.

Wednesdays    –       Session 1: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, March 10             Southside Community Garden – 5th & W Streets

Saturday, April 7                  Wild Rose Park Community Garden – 5200 Kankakee Dr.

Saturday, May 5                   Ninos Community Garden – Northfield Dr. at Ninos Parkway

Wednesday, May 23            Elmhurst/Med Center Community Garden – 49th between V & 50th St.

Wednesday, Sept 5              Brooks Truitt Community Garden – 19th & Q St.

Saturday, October 13          Southside Community Garden – 5th & W Streets

Saturday, November 3       Camellia Community Garden – 6650 Cougar Dr.


Advance registration is not required. To help us plan you can RSVP on our events page.

Attendees will receive a composting guide and are able to purchase a GEOBIN Compost Bin at a special seminar price of $15 (limited to one per household, City residents only, must attend seminar to receive exclusive offer, while supplies last).

At the seminar you will learn:

  • How composting works
  • What materials you should and should not compost
  • Getting the right balance of food, air and moisture
  • Maintaining your compost pile
  • Vermicomposting (composting with worms)
  • And more..

Visit Recycling and Solid Waste Services for more information. The Backyard Composting Seminars are taught in partnership with the City of Sacramento, Department of Parks and Recreation Community Garden Program.