All are welcome to come learn how to turn coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, yard waste and even paper towels into black gold that will transform your soil into rich, fertile earth. This workshop covers easy composting methods, different types of bins, and even indoor worm composting for apartment-dwellers. Learn how compost can eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides in your yard and garden. Materials will be provided for those who wish to promote home composting in their communities.
The special guest will be Ann McGovern the Consumer Waste Reduction Coordinator and composting outreach specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. She coordinates Massachusetts’ home composting education program and compost bin grant program, through which over 110,000 compost bins have been distributed to the public. She has taught the composting session for the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) Organic Landcare Certification Course since 2003, and for the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association Training Course since 1994. In March 2005, the PBS show “Ask This Old House” featured Ann as guest expert in a home composting segment. Ann is an avid gardener and finds the most enjoyment when nature thrives in her small suburban lot. Ann is a graduate of the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies and has done postgraduate work in Soil Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has worked for DEP since 1989.
This workshop is a free offering through collaboration between the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Location: The Parkman Room at Education Building, The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482