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  • What, Exactly, Is Composting?
  • How Do I Get Started?
  • Materials that should / should not be in a compost pile
  • How Do I Maintain The Pile?
  • When Will My Compost Be Ready To Use?
  • How Do I Use The Finished Compost?
  • Where Can I Learn More?

    How do I learn more about composting?

    Hetty E. Francke, Master Gardener/Master Composter at Delaware’s Cooperative Extension Office, with the support of volunteer groups, has built four compost demonstration sites in Delaware. You can find out more about them via  the latest Composting class schedule, or for more information, please email Hetty Francke.

    These demonstration sites illustrate six ways to practice environmentally friendly composting. Signs describe composting that is done by each of the six units. A brochure box holds additional information about composting.

    The sites are located at:

    • Bellevue State Park, Wilmington, New Castle County
    • Behind the Candlelight Theater, Ardentown, New Castle County
    • Killens Pond State Park, Felton, Kent County
    • Trap Pond State Park, Laurel, Sussex County

    Workshops, classes and demonstrations on composting are given throughout the year.

    Compost bins suitable for backyard composting of yard waste are available from the Cooperative Extension, Delaware Solid Waste Authority and DNREC. 

    Please use the phone numbers below to inquire about directions and hours.

    Cooperative Extension field offices:

    - New Castle County      302-831-2506

    - Kent County               302-739-4000

    - Sussex County           302-856-7303

    - DSWA's office at 1128 South Bradford in Dover:  1-800-404-7080

    A composting demonstration site in New Castle County

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