The Business

Wise Owl Compost is a woman-owned and operated business dedicated to growing the composting movement in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Wise Owl Compost currently only offers composting services for food scraps and other small compostables, however, we hope to incorporate other organic waste removal services in the future. The best way to stay up-to-date on our products, services and special offers is to join our mailing list.

The Owner


Julia Dougherty is a local foods enthusiast, hobby farmer and advocate for regenerative agriculture. She currently lives in Manheim Township with her husband, Donnie, and their three girls. Prior to starting Wise Owl Compost, Julia worked in both the agriculture and landscaping industries, and her most recent full-time position was on the grounds crew at Franklin and Marshall College where she was the first woman in the school’s history to work full-time in any trade.

When she is not running Wise Owl Compost or their other family business, Anderson Roofing and Exteriors, Julia can often be found cooking up something from scratch in her kitchen, perusing local thrift stores or enjoying live music.

Julia is a firm believer in “quality over quantity” and random acts of kindness.

For her full professional resume, you can connect with Julia on LinkedIn.

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