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PA Resources offering composting workshops

 


Learn how to turn organic waste into a natural, homemade compost for lawns and gardens by attending a Pennsylvania Resources Council Backyard Composting or Vermicomposting Workshop.

Composting kitchen waste and yard debris is easy to do and requires little time and effort – and produces a complete and natural food for the soil, improving its structure, water-retaining abilities and overall health.

To register for a PRC workshop, visit http://www.prc.org/programs or call 412-488-7490 x226.

Backyard Composting Workshops:

Thursday, Nov. 17, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Ann Jones Gerace Center (formerly CCI Center), South Side

Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10:30 a.m. – Noon, Lauri Ann West Community Center, O’Hara Twp.

Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10:30 a.m. – Noon, Construction Junction, Point Breeze

Learn to turn kitchen scraps – as well as leaves, garden and yard debris – into a natural homemade compost for your lawns and gardens. Participants will receive a composting bin at class.

This workshop thoroughly covers the importance and benefits of composting, including the overall process, methods for setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways to use finished compost. Participants receive a FreeGarden EARTH Compost Bin, which features an 82-gallon capacity ideal for both urban and suburban settings.

Cost: $70 per person ($75 per couple) and includes a composting bin. Pre-registration is required.

Vermicomposting Workshops:

Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Ann Jones Gerace Center (formerly CCI Center), South Side

Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 a.m. – Noon, Construction Junction, Point Breeze

Worm Your Way into Composting with PRC. Would you like natural, homemade fertilizer for your lawn and garden in the spring? Then expand your recycling efforts to include kitchen scraps by attending a Vermicomposting Workshop, and turn kitchen waste into a valuable resource.

Worms produce a product (castings) that is considered an especially good soil amendment and nutrient source. If sheltered from the cold, the system can maintain production year round. Participants will receive a complete, ready-to-use vermiculture system. Learn how to house, feed, harvest and care for your own worms.

Cost: $70 single ($75 couple) and includes one compost box with worms. Pre-registration is required.

 

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