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Backyard Composting


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

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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.


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.

Backyard Composting Workshops

Sign up for a Backyard Composting Workshop and turn your yard waste and food scraps into a valuable resource for your garden. If you would like to receive workshop updates by email, please send a request to the contact information below.

For more information, email or call: (412) 488-7490 ext. 226

Cost: $50 per person/$55 per couple

January 20, 2015
Greentree Borough Building
7 - 8:30 PM

March 14, 2015
Ross Twp Community Center
10 - 11:30 AM

April 23, 2015
Phipps Garden Center
7 - 8:30 PM

April 25, 2015
Blueberry Hill Park, Franklin Park
10 - 11:30 AM

June 11, 2015
Phipps Garden Center
7 - 8:30 PM


Prepayment is not required for registration.

Worm Composting

“All the fertile areas of this planet have at least

once passed through the bodies of earthworms.”

 -- Charles Darwin





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. 5

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!





Vermicomposting Workshops

Vermicomposting Workshops are scheduled based on public interest. Please join our mailing list so we know to schedule another workshop! (contact info below)

For more information, email or call: (412) 488-7490 ext. 226

Cost: $50 Single/$55 Couple (Includes one compost unit per registration)


February 28, 2015
Ross Twp Community Center
10 am - 11:30am



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