Welcome to Topsoil Composting Service!

8700 W. Vernal Pike, Bloomington, IN

812/ 876-SOIL

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Our facility is located in Monroe County, Indiana at 8700 W. Vernal Pike (at the corner of State Route 48, which is W. Third St. from Bloomington). Our hours vary with the weather and season, but generally, we're open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. We accept grass, leaves and garden clippings for free, but there is a fee for woody material, such as branches, limbs, logs and stumps. The fee depends upon the amount - a small pickup truck full of logs would cost $5.

We do not accept boards, treated lumber, glass, rocks, or any other construction or demolition materials, and we do not accept trash.

Click here for recent photos of what's happening at the farm this time of year. 

How it works:


In Bloomington, Indiana, when the City sanitation trucks pick up yardwaste at your curb, it comes to our facility. Some people seem to think that yard waste includes artificial flowers, plastic pots, broken garden gnomes and empty plastic mulch bags, but we only want stuff that decomposes. Please don't bundle your sticks together with nylon twine or wire!

Landscapers, tree cutters, haulers, developers, home-owners and other such private and commercial enterprises are also welcome to bring us their trimmings, logs, land clearing debris, leaves, grass and such.


Providing that the material is biodegradable (such as grass clippings, leaves, sticks, garden clippings, undecorated Christmas trees, etc.), aeration through bulldozing turns the material into rich, black compost.

We do not sell compost, mulch, soil or any other gardening material at this time. Maybe someday we will, but we don't have the resources to do that right now.

Down at the farm:

On our farm, we grow all sorts of vegetables and flowers, and some fruit and nut trees. In 1999, our crops included: pussy willows, rhubarb, spinach, salvia, kale, collards, Swiss chard, lettuce, kohl rabi, asparagus, sunflowers, salvia, peonies, serpent and elephant garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, catnip, cilentro, dill, spearmint, potatoes, sage, onions, carrots, echinacea, rudbekia, sweet William, German statice, Shasta daisies, monarda, day lilies, chives, garlic chives, beets, turnips, tomatoes, peppers, chestnuts, persimmons, paw-paws, sedum, tansy, ... I could go on and on. 


We sell our produce at the Bloomington Community Farmer's market, held from 7am - noon every Saturday from May to October at the Showers (City Hall) parking lot at 8th and Morton Streets.

Soon, we'll sell perennials on the web.  A link will be here.

Good wood:


Besides yard waste, we also accept trees and land clearing debris. Our preference would be that these trees were all alive and in their original location. We truly have an ocean of logs that represents the ongoing deforestation of Monroe County.


But as long as the trees are chopped down and hauled off, we'll take them. Our intention is to upgrade the wood when possible, by sorting out usable logs, but our sawmill is still a very small-scale operation.




Soon, we'll sell specialty wood on the web.  A link will be here.

The overseer:

Soon, we'll other stuff on the web - stuff like pottery and other art our friends make.  Maybe the link will be here.