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Composting Demonstration Site Bin Build - Surprise Farm Retreat Center

Join us in a compost bin build at the organically certified Surprise Farm Retreat Center (SFRC)!

On June 30th, 2021 Solana Center will be going to the organically certified Surprise Farm Retreat Center (SFRC) in Ramona to help close their loop on waste. Nestled in the Laguna foothills, Surprise Farm Retreat Center is an educational organization offering workshops, seminars, and discussion groups on the relationships between nature, culture, community, self, and well-being. 

We are seeking volunteers to support an educational compost demonstration site sponsored by the County of San Diego. We need your help to create a specialized compost pile – the aerated static pile or ASP. Volunteers should plan on getting dirty, wear closed-toe shoes, and ideally be comfortable lifting 25-35 pounds of materials (if not, we can find other activities for you to do). We expect the event to run from 8:30 am to noon. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch, and enjoy the scenery and local wildlife with us! Snacks and drinks will be provided. We are excited to offer the option to stay overnight with us in this beautiful landscape! 

SFRC has generously opened their facility and will be waiving all camping fees for volunteers if you want to stay over in one of their tents for free. Kitchen facilities and bathrooms are available. Email if you are interested in volunteering and/or staying the night. 

Volunteer spots are first come, first serve! 

For more information on Surprise Farm Retreat Center, visit their website at:

Select the "Volunteer Now" button below to sign up! Questions? Please email

The Food Cycle program is a co-op where San Diego County residents and small businesses preserve their organic waste using the Bokashi method and then deliver it to Solana Center to be turned into a nutritious soil amendment and distributed back into the community. If you are interested in becoming a member, find out more here!

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Event Classification
Funding Source Contract-funded
Contract County Composting
Special Note
Stream to Volunteer Opportunities Yes
June 30th, 2021 9:00 AM   through   12:00 PM
Surprise Farm Retreat Center
18892 Old Julian Trail
Ramona, CA CA 92065
United States

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