Sustainable Solutions Spring 2022

Learn to create sustainable gardens and outdoor spaces to enjoy at our spring class series. We are also hosting two in-person drop in events at local libraries. Join the fun and learn something new!


Our FREE virtual classes are appropriate for all ages and designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to reduce your eco-footprint and make Pierce County a more livable community for everyone. Register for one or both of the classes to receive emailed handouts and the Zoom link beforehand.


Pierce County Planning & Public Works takes the health and safety of its community and employees seriously. Because of this, we have decided to hold all of our classes online using Zoom. 


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Recycling Bins
Gardening Hands
Compost Bag
Worms in Dirt

Composting: What's Hot with Rot?

Thursday, April 28, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m.


Learn new ways to turn your food or garden waste into something useful! Get an overview of recycling organics and then find out about unique methods such as Hügelkultur, Bokashi, and Interbay Mulch.


Compost Exploration: Drop-in event

Saturday, April 30, 2022, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


No rot mess is too big for us, bring your tough questions and drop in to see us.  Learn about worms and vermicomposting, how to set up Bokashi, learn what dig’n drop is, or get free bin plans for DIY hot composting.  We’ll have examples of compost and soil, DIY soil testing, and activities for kids.


Location: Pierce County Library Summit Branch,  5107 112th St E, Tacoma, WA 98446 


Home Composting and Tumblers

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m.


Get the dirt on backyard composting! Learn how to turn your home and garden organic waste into compost. We’ll focus on troubleshooting techniques along with how to balance carbon and nitrogen to really fire up any hot compost system. Several options will be explored including passive composting, and single bin and multi-bin hot composting, with a special “how-to” on getting tumblers to work!


Worm Bin Composting

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m.


Learn how red worms turn food scraps into nutritious compost for your plants. We’ll dig into setting up, caring for, using compost and troubleshooting worm bin composting. 


Gardening Hands
Person with Plant

Compost Exploration: Drop-in event

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 2022, 2 - 4 p.m.


No rot mess is too big for us, bring your tough questions and drop in to see us.  Learn about worms and vermicomposting, how to set up Bokashi, learn what dig’n drop is, or get free bin plans for DIY hot composting.  We’ll have examples of compost and soil, DIY soil testing, and activities for kids.


Location: University Place Library, 3609 Market Pl W, University Place, WA 98466

Alternative Gardening

Thursday, May 19, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m.


There are different ways, places and types of gardening to connect us to the natural world. Join us to hear from local specialists about community gardens, natural yard care, rain gardens and rainwater harvesting. You'll learn techniques and collect resources to develop landscapes that are made to function with natural ecosystems.


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We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule a workshop for any reason. 


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