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Build your green thumb by learning to compost!

With the holidays just around the corner, at-home food preparation is set to ramp up significantly for most of us. Mix in the increased amount of at-home cooking due to shelter-in-place recommendations and you get a lot of food waste. What better time to gain a stronger understanding of the composting process and learn from some of the best in the business?

Luckily, we’re offering multiple opportunities to become a composting pro this fall, all from the comfort of your own home. In partnership with the City of San Diego, Solana Center will be offering various workshops on composting in a virtual format. 

Composting is inherently an activity that benefits your community. By keeping food and yard waste out of the landfill, you can minimize your carbon footprint and help reduce harmful methane gas emissions. Or as Master Composter Glenn Younger put it, “simple steps have me making the world a better place one wheelbarrow of yard waste and manure at a time.”  While the delivery may be different being virtual, our instructors have curated the workshops to ensure that class attendees still receive the same quality lectures and demonstrations and leave feeling confident in their knowledge of composting and ready to start at home! 

We will hold multiple sessions covering various composting methods and techniques. Take a look and register for the one which suits your families’ lifestyle the best or tune in to all to learn more about the different composting types! 

Bokashi Q&A Facebook Live - November 20th, 3:00 - 3:20 pm PT 
Bokashi can be a great complement to your at-home composting. Tune in to learn how this process can complement your at-home composting with a Facebook Live Q&A session for an interactive discussion where you can write in your questions about the bokashi fermentation method and our education team will answer LIVE! 

Bokashi Basics Webinar - December 2nd, 2:00 - 3:00 pm PT 
Share your Thanksgiving bounty with Mother Earth! From potato peels to turkey bones, bokashi is an innovative technique that allows you to compost ALL your food waste, reduces compost time, and allows fresh materials to be preserved and composted at your leisure. 

Backyard Composting Instagram LIVE Q&A - December 4th, 3:00 - 3:20 pm PT 
Have questions about getting started in your backyard or maintaining a happy compost pile? Join Solana Center for an Instagram Live Q&A session where you can write in your questions for our education team to answer LIVE! 

Backyard Composting Basics Webinar - December 5th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm PT
Now is the perfect time to build your compost and prepare your garden for the oncoming rainy season! Compost can improve the quality of your soil, reduce waste and air pollution, while saving energy, money, and water. A backyard bin is a great way to process “browns” such as dried leaves or plants as your garden and yard heads into Autumn along with a great way to divert food scraps from the landfill. 

Vermicomposting Basics Webinar - December 9th, 6:00 - 7:00 pm PT
Vermicomposting (worm composting) is an environmentally-friendly way to turn food waste and other organic materials such as paper into nutrient-rich castings for your plants or garden beds. This is a great way to compost in a small space and can be done indoors or outdoors.

Urban Farm Composting Webinar - December 16th, 10:00 - 11:00 am PT
Chickens in the city? Goats in the garden? Yep, it’s happening right here in San Diego. Learn the basics of composting plant and animal waste in an urban setting with expert educators who will teach you all you need to know to get started producing safe, nutrient-rich compost to help make your veggies vibrant, tasty and nutritious and turn the chore of manure management into a bounty of black gold. 

Vermicomposting Facebook LIVE Q&A - December 18th, 3:00 - 3:20 pm PT 
Composting with worms is an activity that can engage people of all ages as you convert food waste into a nutrient rich amendment for your garden. Tune into this Facebook Live Q&A session to ask questions and learn about how to get the kids involved in the process of composting with red wiggler worms! 

Additionally, if you are already composting or have questions and need some troubleshooting advice or questions to ask about composting in general, you can schedule a 30 minute 1:1 call with our team to get personalized compost help. Please book a call, email compost@solanacenter.org or call 760.436.7986 x715. We encourage you to send us a picture of your compost piles and let us virtually jump into your compost pile with you. We'll root around and get your bins cookin' in no time!

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