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Backyard Composting Workshop On Saturday


POTSDAM - The Local Living Venture workshop will host a two-hour, interactive workshop, “Basics of Backyard Composting.”

Participants will learn all of the basics of backyard composting. By creating a working compost pile on site, using long-tested advice as part of a hands-on demonstration, attendees will learn all that’s needed to get started, and to correct problems most people have with home compost bins.

This workshop will be held from from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Potsdam. During the workshop, with Janet Lomastro as presenter, participants will put their new knowledge and skills to practice as they work together to build a compost pile that will reach the fast acting, high temperature of 140 to 160 degrees within 72 hours.

The benefits of using home-made compost are many. By avoiding the collection and burying of yard trimmings in landfills, you save energy and money on trash hauling. You can also create compost in your own backyard and replace expensive soil amendments, as well as save money on your water bills. A rich compost-laden loam has better water penetration and retention, with reduced runoff and evaporation.

Adding compost to your soil (especially if you have a heavy clay or a sandy mix) will improve the soil structure and chemistry, producing healthier plants. Compost helps soil chemistry by softening the extremes from the very alkaline to very acidic soils as well as ameliorating nutrient deficiencies. Plants grown in compost-amended soils also tend towards healthy resistance to some diseases and pests, have an increased drought tolerance, and require less watering.

Backyard composting is an important strategy for managing household “waste.” Your yard trimmings and food scraps typically compose as much as 25% of discarded resources that can be turned into “black gold” - creating rich, nutrient-dense soil. Backyard composting is one of the most economical and effective methods of recycling organic waste, and for saving money in the household budget! Every pound of compostable goods not sent to the landfills also saves all of that trucking and the handling at the landfill; a win-win situation.

The beauty that can be created with this bonanza of rich soil is a sight to behold. A brief tour of volunteer presenter Janet Lomastro’s riverside garden is always a highlight of the workshop. The workshop is limited to 12 participants and fills up quickly.

Due to limited space, it is necessary to RSVP for the location of this workshop. Email to (preferred) or call (315) 347-4223. A suggested donation of $15 is requested from attendees who are able, $5 student, a scholarship is available upon request. Please include the name(s) of each attendee, phone numbers, and email addresses in order to receive confirmation.

The Local Living Venture (LLV) is an education and outreach program with a full schedule of rural skills workshops available to the public, posted on the Workshops & Events page of their website:

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