SIGN UP FOR PRC’s BACKYARD
& VERMICOMPOSTING CLASSES!

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Click below for upcoming workshop dates:

Backyard Composting
Vermicomposting
(worms!)

 

LEARN MORE:

Read this New York Times article about urban composting with worms!

See PRC discuss the backyard and vermicomposting workshops in this At Home With the Environment Segment on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live.

Interested in starting your own garden and/or meeting other gardeners in the Pittsburgh area? Join the Pittsburgh Garden Experiment here.

 

Backyard Composting

 

 

Composting is nature’s way of recycling. By utilizing the natural process of decomposition, organic materials often considered “waste,” such as grass clippings, food scraps, autumn leaves and even paper, can be recycled back into a rich soil conditioner. Through this transition, soil organisms, many of which are too small to see, break down the organic material in a compost pile so that valuable plant nutrients can be released for future generations of plants to use. Composting helps you reduce your waste stream, it improves the health of your gardens, and most of all its easy to do and enjoyable.

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  Workshop Details:

 

This workshop thoroughly covers the importance of composting, setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways of using finished compost. Participants will receive an Earth Machine Compost Bin with attendance. This bin, approved across the state as an ideal bin for urban and suburban areas, has an eighty-gallon capacity.

 

 

 

 


PRC East Backyard Composting Workshops

(held at PRC Office at 3606 Providence Road, Newtown Square unless otherwise indicated)
BYC Cost: $50 Single/$55 Couple (Includes one compost unit per registration)


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Thursday, July 11, 2013
6:30 PM

PRC
3606 Providence Road, Newtown Square

 

For more information or to sign up, email Diana Andrejczak by clicking her name, or call her at: (610) 353-1555 ext. 232

 

Worm Composting   

                          

“All the fertile areas of this planet have at least

once passed through the bodies of earthworms.”

 -- Charles Darwin

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Worm composting or vermicomposting ("Vermi" is Latin for "worm.") is an effective way to recycle both food and paper waste. According to the EPA, approximately 10% of the waste stream is food and over 38% of the waste stream is paper. These materials can be removed from the waste stream and used as resources, specifically food and bedding, for a worm bin. Not only is vermicomposting valuable in reducing volume in the waste stream, it also produces two highly marketable products: worms and castings. Red worms are sold as bait within the fishing industry and worm castings are for sale in many lawn and garden centers as an organic fertilizer.

Worm your way into composting with one of nature’s most efficient recyclers, the earthworm! Worm composting is an easy way to recycle organic kitchen waste and turn it into valuable and nutrient-rich soil fertilizer. Read about worm composting in the news (featuring PRC’s vermicomposting workshop)

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Workshop Details:

 

Learn about the benefits of composting with worms. It’s easy, fun, odorless and produces a great soil additive! Workshop participants will learn how to house, feed, harvest and care for their own worms. Be prepared to roll-up your sleeves and make your own worm composting bin! Each participant or couple will be provided with a bin, instructions, and worms. You will go home with a complete, ready to use vermiculture system!

 

 

 

 

PRC East Vermicomposting Workshops
(held at PRC Office at 3606 Providence Road, Newtown Square unless otherwise indicated

Cost:  (Includes one compost unit per registration)                                                       
Cost: $45 Single/$50 Couple at PRC’s Eastern Campus in Ridley Creek State Park   

For more information or to sign up, email Diana Andrejczak by clicking her name, or call her at: (610) 353-1555 ext. 232

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

6:30 PM

 
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