Thursday, October 21, 2010

From Garbage to Garden

Tuesday marked our first ever Grow Food, Grow Hope composting workshop held in Thomas Lounge at Wilmington College. Participants came from various backgrounds ready to learn new composting skills and share ideas and stories about their own composting experiences.

VISTA Angie Lauver shows the WC compost bins
before bringing the group outside to see them in person.

The evening opened with a lively discussion about composting rumors, mistakes, experiences and TV gardening shows all giving different composting advice. AmeriCorps*VISTA, Angie Lauver, presented her composting knowledge teaching participants the basics of composting: why we do it, how it works, and what to compost. Bringing the discussion outside, Lauver also presented the demonstration compost bins near the Wilmington College Community Garden plots discussing the pros and cons of each type as well as demonstrating how to build a compost bin in your own backyard from recycled pallets for almost no cost.

WC Student, Matt Higgins investigates a demonstration compost bin.

For more information about composting check out the EPA's website or read their Backyard Composting Guide.

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