Grow Benzie understands the importance of healthy soil. We grow our own soil on site from plant cuttings, manure, leaves and grass from our property to help build the nutrients and grow healthier produce in our hoop houses.  In April 2015, Grow Benzie partnered with Benzie County Recycling and the Benzie Conservation District to create Benzie Composts!, a community composting guild.  A membership includes a free 4-gallon bucket w/lid, unlimited access to the drop-off site at Grow Benzie, and free admission to all Benzie Composts! sponsored events. Each spring, members will also receive a 4-gallon bucket of nutrient rich, compost soil to take home.



  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea bags (staples ok)
  • eggshells


  • Meat
  • Bones
  • Dairy
  • Grease/oil
  • Walnut shells (poisonous)


  • Help grow community food; use community compost; made from community food waste
  • Reduces solid waste stream
  • Good example for children and neighbors
  • Healthy plants grown from healthy soil look better, taste better, and have better ability to fight off disease and pests
  • Composted soil improves moisture retention