Worms, backyards and composting

Interested in backyard composting but need a little guidance? Curious about composting with worms? Attend the next Sustainable Living Workshop.

With support from the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, the Hendersonville-based Environmental and Conservation Organization will host a composting-and-worm-bin workshop on Saturday, May 12.

The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Henderson County Cooperative Extension Office in Jackson Park. First up: a presentation on backyard composting by Brian Rosa from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Rosa will then lead a hands-on Worm Bin Workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

“This workshop is a great opportunity to get all of your composting questions answered while learning how to manage an active composting bin. Participants will learn to make their own rich humus — soil amendment — by keeping their vegetable scraps out of the garbage, [and] how to feed a worm bin and/or a composter,” says Katie Breckheimer, ECO Recycling Committee Coordinator.

Organic soils contain a vibrant mix of microbiology essential for healthy plant growth — fungi, protozoa, nematodes and micropods, which all work in concert in the soil to produce food for your table or landscaping plants. The best way to obtain and nourish these life-sustaining microbes is by adding compost. Both worm composting and thermal composting (also called hot composting) provide a great diversity of helpful organisms.

Advance registration is required and space is limited. The registration fee is $10 for the presentation only, or $25 for both the presentation and the worm-bin workshop. Participants receive an active worm bin, which includes a laundry-basket size plastic tub with a lid, bedding and worms. Reservations or for more information: 692-0385 or http://www.eco-wnc.org.

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