Learn about our Compost Programs!

The Virginia Avenue Community Garden is home to two different compost programs!
DC Compost Coop: The Compost Coop is a city-wide composting program that consists of three closed and locked compost bins just on the inside right of the street gate (next to the pergola).   These bins do NOT belong to the garden: they are part of the city’s compost program. But, anyone is welcome to get trained for the Compost Coop– Once you are trained, you can bring your kitchen scraps, etc, to compost in these bins.  It’s easy and great– everyone should be trained!  These bins are not part of the “compost committee” work for the garden. If you are interested in being trained to participate, contact Clark Nelson (VACG Gardener who is the local Compost Coop manager) through the Virginia Avenue Community Garden at
VACG Garden Compost: The Virginia Avenue Community Garden Compost consists of the six big open bins (some with black tarps/covers) to the left of the street gate (closest to the construction site).  These are for our community garden.  If you are on the compost committee, these are the bins you’ll be working on.  However, everyone please note: you cannot put kitchen scraps in our community garden compost.
To learn more about composting and what materials belong where – visit the Compost Program tab above!

DC Urban Gardeners Network

The DC Urban Gardeners (DUG) Network’s mission is to inform and connect DC residents to resources, events, opportunities, forums, services and programs that support food access, healthy eating, urban agriculture and environmental sustainability in the greater DC area.

Sign up for their newsletter to find out about DC metro-accessible events where you can learn from knowledgeable experts from across the district!

For more information, visit there website at


Mid-Season Updates!

Here are a few important reminders that will help our garden continue growing and being fabulous!
  • Remember to ALWAYS take your garbage with you – this includes weeds (that can’t go in the compost bins) and all other forms of garbage
    • PLEASE DO NOT use the dumpster across the street or any of the public trash cans outside of our garden – these are not ours, we do not pay for them, and we want to be good neighbors 🙂
  • Please don’t leave stuff in the garden assuming that others will take it – this includes tomato cages and random debris
  • Remember to ALWAYS lock the gates, shed, and water spouts
  • Please be kind to your fellow gardeners and take care of the water hoses – this means turning the water off, neatly winding them, and making sure they are not tangled
  • There are red/pink flags in the shed that say “Out of Town” – if you are going on vacation, remember to put one of these flags in your plot so your neighbors know to give you garden a drink when they are there
  • Please log your work hours on the Work Hour tab of the website! If you aren’t sure what to do – you can always weed the fenceline! 🙂