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Composting workshops on the schedule this fall

 

September 12, 2017



Since Fall is the perfect time to focus on education and acquiring new skills, the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) is offering a full slate of adult education classes held at a variety of locations in Allegheny County throughout the months ahead.

Not sure what to do with leftover kitchen scraps and yard debris? Learn how to turn organic waste into a natural, homemade compost for lawns and gardens by attending a PRC Backyard Composting Workshop in September or Vermicomposting Workshop in October.

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 will take place on:

Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., North Park Rose Barn;

Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Ann Jones Gerace Center, South Side;

Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., South Park Buffalo Inn; and,

Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10:30 a.m. – noon, Lauri Ann West Community Center, O’Hara Twp.

Learn to turn kitchen scraps – as well as leaves, garden and yard debris – into a natural homemade compost for 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 is $70 per person, or $75 per couple, and includes a composting bin. Pre-registration is required.

Vermicomposting Workshops will take place on:

Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., North Park Rose Barn;

Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., South Park Buffalo Inn;

Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10:30 a.m. - noon, Lauri Ann West Community Center, O’Hara Twp.;

Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Ross Township Community Center; and,

Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Ann Jones Gerace Center, South Side.

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 is $70 per person, or $75 per couple, and includes one compost box with worms. Pre-registration is required.

 

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