Garbage to Garden: Mid-scale composting offered as a webinar

Garbage to Garden is now a two-part webinar that focuses on composting strategies for community gardens, school gardens, urban farms and food establishments that want to close the sustainable loop through preserving their natural resources.

Composting cycle created by Beth Clawson, Tomatoes photo credit: Linda Whitlock.

The Michigan State University Extension community Garbage to Garden two-part twilight webinar is designed for folks who are composting more than “backyard” and less than commercial volumes or organic waste. Garbage to Garden is a composting work shop for community gardens, school gardens, urban farms, and food establishments. Many community gardens, food business, school gardens, and small urban farms and CSAs are faced with larger volumes of food waste than they expected. Multiple gardens can overwhelm smaller compost bins in a hurry. Food preparation waste and uneaten food waste are problematic and are an unnecessary organic contribution to local landfills. Sustainability and closing the loop are at the core of this two-part webinar that will be held on Nov. 18 and Nov. 20 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $50 which includes your registration, the Michigan Master Composter Curriculum and supporting materials.

The primary focus of the first part of the webinar is how to manage larger volumes of garden and food waste quickly with fewer problems. You will be able to find ways to seamlessly accept additional food and yard waste from your neighbors and local businesses into your own compost program. The second webinar session will teach you how to teach others how to share this information with the members of your community through the Michigan Master Composter program. Questions and discussion will take place live through the webinar chat function. Supporting written materials will be sent if advance and will be available for download. Participants will receive the webinar URL after their registration and payment is received. A recording of the webinar will be made available to paid registered participants.

An assumption of the Michigan Good Food Charter is: “Our economy, our environment, and our personal and community health are all connected through the food system (and in other ways), and decisions in one realm affect all of them.” Come to the Garbage to Garden; Mid-scale composting workshop and discover how to protect your soil, water, and air through good composting practices.

For more information about composting, please feel free to contact me at To learn more about local foods, community food systems and food hubs contact Michigan State University Extension Community Food System educators who are working across Michigan to provide community food systems educational programming and assistance. You can contact an educator through MSU Extension’s “Find an Expert” search tool using the keywords “community food systems.”

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