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Composting workshop to be held at MOSAIC Community Garden

July 6, 2012

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 14th @ 423 Chestnut Street, Pottstown, 9am – 11am  

EVERYONE IS WELCOME

The Wonderful World of Worm Composting…

Our first presenter, Laura Washington, is going to talk about how to turn kitchen scraps, junk mail, cardboard and even dryer lint into rich, dark nutrient soil for your garden – otherwise known as vermicompost!  Learn the in’s and out’s, do’s and don’ts, and the many benefits of using this innovative “recycling system”!

Laura is a member of the Mosaic Community Garden and she is a Homestead Herbalism and Lifestyle/Weight Management Specialist.

Our second presenter, Scott Winter, is a BIG compost enthusiast and interesting experiences.  Scott’s going to talk about how to make a home composter out of things everyone will have lying around the house.  

Here’s a tantalizing tidbit about Scott’s background:

Growing up in rural Oregon, we had a compost pile for as long as I can remember and taking out the compost was one of the less popular chores in the house when my sister and I were kids.  After we grew up and moved away, I didn’t think much more of composting until I went to work for Sunriver Utilities LLC in central Oregon at the age of 28.  It was there that I had the pleasure of working on a pilot composting project with multiple benefits to the community that was paid for through a grant from the 2000 National Fire Plan.  The goal was to helps prevent forest fires through ladder fuel reduction, improve air quality, enhance the areas poor soil quality, reduce materials going to landfills and reduce the cost of disposal for yard waste and bio-solids from the waste water treatment plant.  Within a year we were operating year round producing class A compost in the heart of the Deschutes National Forest.  It has been eleven years since we cleared the land and filled our first bag of compost and I still miss being there, but life sometimes takes you where you least expect it to.  So when life hands you lemons, you turn them into compost, right?  One great thing about living in Pennsylvania is that the climate is good for gardening compared to what I was used to in Central Oregon.  Now I compost mostly just to support my other hobbies, but composting has become one of my hobbies in the process.  Making compost is easy, but I believe making good compost is a craft that comes in many forms.  

We’ll have cold drinks and light snacks on hand – Hope to see you there!!

 

 

 

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4 Comments
  1. July 6, 2012 1:31 pm

    I cant make it – are you planning to record the presentation?

    • July 6, 2012 2:48 pm

      Hadn’t thought about that, Bob. It will be outdoors. I’ll bring it up with the organizers. Would be a good thing to put up on our website and YouTube.

  2. Scott permalink
    July 14, 2012 7:05 pm

    Just another thought I had regarding our earlier conversation, there is a nice chunk of land just west of the waste water treatment plant that would be fantastic for a composting facility.

    • July 16, 2012 5:14 pm

      Hi, Scott – GREAT workshop on Saturday! I need to take a drive that way and see what’s there… thanks for the heads-up. Sue

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