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Composting: Workshops

Class Date/Time City
Home Composting for Busy People 11/05/2016 -
10:00am to 11:30am
Danville
Vermicomposting & Bin Building 12/03/2016 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
Walnut Creek

Reservations Required: Call (925) 906-1801 x306 or click date above to register.

Locations

  • Heather Farm Community Center, 301 North San Carlos Dr, Walnut Creek
  • Orchard Nursery, 4010 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
  • Mt. Diablo Nursery, 3295 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
  • Contra Costa Master Gardner's "Our Garden", Corner of Shadelands and N. Wiget, Walnut Creek
  • Lafayette Community Garden, 3942 Mt. Diablo Rd., Lafayette
  • The Bounty Garden (Hap Magee Ranch Park), 1025 La Gonda Way, Danville
  • Moraga Gardens Farm, 1290 Moraga Way, Moraga
  • Navlet’s Garden Center, 800 Camino Ramon, Danville
  • McDonnell Nursery, 196 Moraga Way, Orinda

Workshops

Home Composting for Busy People: Lecture-style workshop. Covers the basics of backyard composting (hot/cold composting), Vermicomposting, mulching and grasscycling, with time for Q&A and troubleshooting.

$$ Vermicompost & Bin Building: Learn to compost with worms! This is a very hands-on workshop. You will build your bin, take it home with your worms and knowledge, and start composting right away! All supplies and worms included. Registration fee applies.

Additional Services: RecycleSmart Home Composting Workshop Instructors can table at events and Farmers Markets, come into your neighborhood (5+ homes), schools, community groups, presentations and demonstrations, upon request, at no cost. Call RecycleSmart for more information or to schedule at 925-906-1801 x306.

CompostSMART Advanced Composting Series: If you enjoy composting and you’re interested in public education and outreach, apply to participate in the CompostSMART Advanced Composting Training Series. Receive in-depth composting education with an experienced and knowledgeable team, and then share your training with the wider community.

RecycleSmart Instructors

Billi Haug received her Master Gardener certification in 1997 and served as vice president of the Contra Costa Master Gardener Association in 1997/98.  In 1998, she received her certification to be a public speaker for the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, sponsored by the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District. In May, 2006 she completed her advanced composting certification. She holds several talks on Healthy Gardening, Integrated Pest Management and gives Home Composting workshops throughout the community each season. She is an enthusiastic home gardener and enjoys sharing the pleasures of easy gardening the natural way.

Marian Woodard is an avid composter and vermicomposter both at her townhome and community garden.  She received her Master Gardener certificate in 2011 and started a 3000 ft2 community garden that features both worms and multiple compost bins.  She was Navlet’s Gardener of the Year in 2014.  She is a frequent speaker on the gardening circuit, and loves getting people of all ages excited about how easy it is to help the Earth and increase the health and yield of soil and plants.

Lorraine Frey has been an avid composter for the last 25 years.  She provides ‘black gold’ for her ½ acre Walnut Creek property from her four active compost bins. She received her Bay Friendly Landscaper Certificate in 2009 and in 2010 became a Certified Contra Costa Master Gardener.  As a Master Gardener, she headed up the MG Speaker Series developing topics for county wide presentations.  She speaks throughout the county on the importance of sustainable gardening & soil, composting and gives pruning presentations as well.  With gardening as her passion and understanding the water challenges in California, she became a Certified Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) which provides training in water-wise landscape practices including plant selection, irrigation system design and water management.