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On-Farm Composting Course - Escondido

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***Although open registration for this course is closed, we have a few spots remaining for unincorporated County residents only. Please email to sign up*** Learn composting management techniques from basics to troubleshooting; siting to vector control; and regulatory considerations to soil benefits. This course will combine lectures, hands-on training, and a field trip to operational composting facilities.

***Although open registration for this course is closed, we have a few spots remaining for unincorporated County residents only. Please email and provide your address to sign up***

Composting on your farm, ranch, or large property is an ideal way to manage crop residues, manures, and other organic waste while creating a stellar soil amendment. During this three-week course, we will address the unique strategies, challenges, and opportunities that arise through mid-scale composting.

Saturday, January 22, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, January 29, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, February 5, 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This course does not address typical residential composting or large-scale commercial composting. It is intended for those mid-sized systems that fall in between, particularly farms and horse ranches.

Covid-19 Precautions: With the recent trend in Covid-19 cases related to the omicron variant, we are taking additional steps to ensure the safety of course participants. All portions of the course will be held outside, masks will be required at all times, and class size will be strictly limited to 15 attendees. 

Need a different time or location? We will be holding a second On-Farm Composting Course in Ramona on Saturdays, March 5 - 19 from 9 AM - 12:30 PM.

A tour of local mid-scale composting facilities will also be offered at a date TBD.

This course offers Certified Crop Advisor CEUs! Over three weeks, a total of 10.5 units can be earned (2 Soil & Water Management units and 1.5 Manure Management units per class). A CEU sign-in sheet will be available at each class.

In this course, we'll cover the following topics

- Neighbor-friendly composting best management practices, scaled to farms
- Compost basics, e.g. recipe considerations, feedstocks, and bulk density
- Compost management, e.g. site considerations, odor, dust, and rodent/vector control
- What is permissible on farms without permits
- Composting/water saving benefits

Course Fee: $25*

Priority registration is offered to unincorporated San Diego County residents only. All other residents will be placed on a waitlist initially and accepted into the course pending available space.

Refunds will be provided to registrants up to 14 days prior to the start date of the course. There will be no refunds or cancellations after that date. 
*If the fee presents a financial hardship, please contact Diane Hazard at to apply for a scholarship.

If you're not already familiar with composting, check out one of our introductory composting workshops

Made possible through generous funding by

 County of San Diego Seal

Thanks to our site provider

Event Classification
Funding Source Contract-funded
Category Composting Workshop
Contract County Composting
Special Note
Stream to Volunteer Opportunities
January 22nd, 2022 1:00 PM   through   February 5th, 2022 4:30 PM
Terra Madre Gardens
9928 Protea Gardens Rd
Escondido, CA 92026
United States
Main Phone: (760) 436-7986  ext. 700
Unincorporated San Diego County resident 25.000000000
Non-Resident of Unincorporated San Diego County (waitlist; $25 upon acceptance into course) 0.000000000

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