GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- Area green thumbs will have an opportunity to learn how to enhance their gardens through organic recycling.
The Mahoning County Green Team will host a backyard compost seminar from 1 to 2 p.m. May 18 at the Goshen Township Administration Building, 14003 South Range Road (state Route 165), Salem. Pre-registration is required by calling the Green Team at 330-740-2060 and requesting a registration form. The cost for the seminar is $10 for Mahoning County residents and $40 for non-residents.
According to Kim Lewis, program manager for the Green Team, composting is complementary to gardening.
"A lot of people are gardening, and composting goes hand-in-hand with gardening," she explained. "You're putting the nutrients back into the soil the way nature intended."
Lewis said backyard composting addresses the kitchen and yard waste which compose nearly one-fourth of the solid waste stream. "We want to see people divert as much as possible (from the landfills)," she said.
At the seminar, participants will learn about the process, how to create compost and what can be organically recycled. The seminar will include a one-hour training session with video instruction and open discussion. Registrants will receive a backyard compost bin, instructional booklet and trouble-shooting guide.
Lewis said she offers at least four seminars a year, typically at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm in Canfield. Created in the early 1990s, the seminar program is funded through a USDA grant as a way to educate community members, she said.
"The goal is to enlighten and encourage people about [composting]," she said.
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