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PRC to hold workshops for backyard composting and vermicomposting


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 requires little time and effort – and produces a complete and natural food for the soil, improving its structure, water-retaining abilities and overall health.

Learn to turn kitchen scraps – as well as leaves, garden and yard debris – into a natural homemade compost for your lawns and gardens.

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.

Backyard Composting Workshops are:

Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., Heidelberg Borough Building;

Friday, Oct. 30, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., Blueberry Hill Park, Franklin Park Borough;

Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10:30 a.m. – Noon, Ross Township Community Center;

Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., National Aviary, North Shore; and,

Thursday, Nov. 19, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., East End Food Co-op, Point Breeze.

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

Interested in a natural, homemade fertilizer for the lawn and garden in the spring? Then expand 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.

Participants will learn how to house, feed, harvest and care for their own worms.

Vermicomposting Workshops are:

Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., Churchill Borough Building;

Saturday, Nov. 7, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Mt. Lebanon Library;

Monday, Nov. 30, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., Castle Shannon Library;

Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10:30 a.m. – Noon, Cooper-Siegel Library, Fox Chapel; and,

Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., East End Food Co-op, Point Breeze.

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

To register for a PRC workshop, visit or call 412-488-7490 x226.


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