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Learn how composting will help your garden


The Pennsylvania Resources Council will present a series of backyard and worm composting classes where participants will learn how to compost their yard trimmings, leaves, and food scraps and receive a composting bin.

Turn garden summer scraps into rich compost. This workshop thoroughly covers the importance of composting, setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways of using finished compost. Participants will receive an Earth Machine Compost Bin with attendance. This bin, approved across the state as an ideal bin for urban and suburban areas, has an 80-gallon capacity, and has a $160 value.

Workshop cost: $40 Single/$50 Couple (Includes one compost unit per registration)

• Urban Gardener, North Side – Saturday, Aug. 22 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

• Boyd Community Center, O'Hara Twp. – Saturday, Aug. 29 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

• East End Food Co-op, Point Breeze- Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6:30-8:15 p.m.

• Whole Foods Market, East Liberty – Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

• Frick Park Environmental Education Center – Saturday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

• Hahn Nursery, North Side – Sunday, Oct. 4 from 1 – 3 p.m.

• Phipps Conservatory, Botany Auditorium – Friday, Oct. 9 from 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.

• Harrison Hills Park Environmental Education Center, Natrona Heights – Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. – noon

• Conservation Consultants Inc, (CCI) Center, South Side – Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.

Learn about the benefits of composting with worms. It's easy, odorless and produces a great soil additive. Class participants will learn how to house, feed, harvest and care for their own worms.

Each participant or couple will be provided with a bin, instructions, and worms and will go home with a complete, ready to use vermiculture system.

Cost: $45 Single/$55 Couple (Includes one compost unit per registration)

• Mt. Lebanon Library – Thursday, Sept. 17 from 7– 8:45 p.m.

• Boyd Community Center, O'Hara Twp. – Thursday, Oct. 15 from 6:30 – 8:15 pm

In an effort to reduce the solid waste stream, the workshops are being co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Resources Council, the City of Pittsburgh Environmental Services Division, and the Allegheny County Health Department. The free bin distribution is made possible through a donation from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Giant Eagle.

Those interested in attending one of the workshops should contact Lauren Seiple at 412-431-4449 ext.325 or Class space is limited.


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