On-farm composting workshop to be held April 10

Participants will learn how to recycle plant waste and make compost on their farm.

Have you been looking for solutions to manage the cull piles and vegetable waste that accumulate at your farm every year? Would you like to find a method other than burning to dispose of brush generated by pruning operations? During Piled Higher and Deeper, a beginner’s guide to on-farm composting held April 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, you will learn how to recycle plant waste and use it to create your own “black gold,” a soil amendment that, when made properly, will increase soil organic matter, provide micronutrients and increase retention of soil moisture.

Led by Michigan State University Extension’s Beth Clawson and MSUE vegetable expert Ron Goldy, this workshop will cover biology and core principles of composting, site design, management and operations, precautions when making and using compost, the economics of composting and troubleshooting.

Handouts and light refreshments are included in the $30 registration cost. Reserve your space in this workshop and register today to learn how you can begin creating your own “black gold.” Deadline to register is Friday, April 5.

The Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center is located at 1791 Hillandale Rd., Benton Harbor, Mich. (view map and directions). For questions, contact Diane Brown at the Berrien County MSUE office at 269-944-4126.

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