Converting to Drip Irrigation - San Jose
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Converting to Drip Irrigation - San Jose

Learn how to install and maintain a water efficient irrigation system, including basic layout designs and watering techniques. Work on a water efficient drip system with the right components to suit your landscaping! Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided.

Registration and more information here.

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Edible and Native Plant Talk and DIY Lawn Conversion - San Jose
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Edible and Native Plant Talk and DIY Lawn Conversion - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park - Our City Forest (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Workshop 1 - 10 am to 11 am - Learn California native plant names and how plants were used for food and medicinal purposes. A native plant specialist will give a tour of the plants on site and provide ideas for how you can use them in your home gardens.

Workshop 2 - 11 am to Noon - Learn how to convert your water-thirsty lawn into a drought-tolerant dreamscape. Native plants available for purchase for your native garden.

Meet at the Our City Forest Parcel. Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Bring a pad of paper, pen, water and a snack. Questions? martialcottle@ourcityforest.org

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Composting Basics Workshop - Palo Alto
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop - Palo Alto

  • Cubberley Community Center, Room H-1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Free Individual Planting Design Consulting - Los Altos Hills
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Free Individual Planting Design Consulting - Los Altos Hills

Bring an accurate scaled drawing of your garden or a screen shot from Google Earth, along with printed pictures, and your garden’s sun exposure and views. One of our designers will give you 15-30 minutes of free suggestions on which plants would do best in your garden. Many of these plants will be available for sale that day. We’ll also have sample garden plans gathered from various sources that you can use as a template for your own garden design. We’ll have three garden designers and one habitat designer available to help you with your specific plant selections, even if you have deer, gophers, extremely heavy clay, rocky soil, etc.

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Home Rainwater Collection and Rain Gardens - San Jose
Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Home Rainwater Collection and Rain Gardens - San Jose

The rainy season is about to start! Your roof collects 600 gallons of rainwater for every 1000 square feet of roof area with every inch of rainfall, but where does all that precious water go? Don't let it run off of your property and into the storm drains, Harvest it! We have three rainwater collection systems on our parcel that collect several thousand gallons of rainwater for use in our greenhouse, along with feeding two small rain gardens on the east end of our pavilion, which will provide inspiration and ideas for your home. Come join Master Gardener Hank Morales for a discussion about home rainwater collection systems and how to construct your own simple system. He will also talk about rain gardens, which are another way to retain rainwater on your property.

Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, layered clothing and a hat, as the class is held outdoors in our Pavilion. A refillable water bottle, notebook and writing implements are recommended. Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to park and sign in. Please note: the park charges $6.00 for parking, or you can park on Chynoweth Avenue near Vauxhall Circle for free.

Free.  For more information, please click here.

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Maintaining your Native Garden Talk - Campbell
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Maintaining your Native Garden Talk - Campbell

Learn how to maintain your water-conserving garden and spend less time doing it! Topics will include the proper planting and care of California native and other low-water plants. Information about pruning techniques and drip irrigation systems will also be discussed. Hear why healthy soil is so important and learn how sheet mulching can reduce the time you spend weeding.

Stephanie Morris has worked in the field of landscape architecture for 21 years and specializes in ecologically-oriented residential design. She enjoys creating landscapes that reduce water use, require less maintenance, and provide a connection to the natural world. In addition to tending her own California native garden in the Bay Area, she appreciates collaborating with other native plant gardeners and design professionals, in order to further everyone’s knowledge.

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Composting Basics Workshop - Cupertino
Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop - Cupertino

  • Environmental Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Alternatives to Lawn - Milpitas
Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Alternatives to Lawn - Milpitas

  • Sal Cracolice Recreation Facility (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The class will cover how to create a native plant pollinator garden and habitat for family backyards.  Subjects covered will be how to create a landscape plan, what plants to use and why.  Also covered will be how to first plant the garden, and then maintain it as it grows and evolves over the years.

Registration and more information.

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Native Buckwheats: Bonbons for Bees Talk - Mountain View
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Native Buckwheats: Bonbons for Bees Talk - Mountain View

The buckwheat family is a beautiful group of California Native all-star plants. It is one of the largest genera in California with over 125 species, and in the garden, few plants can equal buckwheats for sheer habitat value. They are host and nectar plants for butterflies and moths, and are a bonanza for bees and other pollinators looking for summer nectar. As if the wildlife value isn’t enough, buckwheats are highly ornamental plants that are very useful and versatile in the garden. Learn about some of the most popular species, and hear how to plant, prune, and care for them.

Sherri Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect, Bay-Friendly Qualified Designer, and started her company, Sustainable Landscape Designs, over 20 years ago. She is a chair person for the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and received the 2018 Water Champion distinction from the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award Coalition.

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Compost Basics Workshop - Milpitas
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop - Milpitas

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Family Workshop: Attracting Good Bugs to Your Garden - Sunnyvale
Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

Family Workshop: Attracting Good Bugs to Your Garden - Sunnyvale

Did you know that 90% of the bugs in our gardens are actually good bugs eating bad bugs? Let's learn about these most wanted allies and how to invite them to stay. Suzanne Bontempo, a 20+ year horticulture specialist, will discuss how to identify the bugs in your garden, how to keep the good ones around, and which plants are good bug magnets. Courtesy of Mid-Peninsula Water District, a complimentary group activity will be provided at the end of the lecture to take home and enjoy. This is a fun program for the whole family.

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Compost Basics Workshop - Sunnyvale
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop - Sunnyvale

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Next Steps on Greywater Workshop - San Jose
Nov
14
12:00 PM12:00

Next Steps on Greywater Workshop - San Jose

  • Lane Irrigation Equipment Company (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to safely reuse water from washing machines to irrigate your landscape! This free class will discuss residential graywater reuse, garden-friendly soaps and detergents, and how to construct a laundry to landscape graywater system using equipment you may find at the venue! Attending the workshop will also help participants understand what’s needed to qualify for the District’s graywater rebate: $200 (up to $400 in some areas). No purchase or attendance required to qualify for the rebate.

Bring a few photos of your laundry area and landscape to be irrigated with graywater for additional help during the workshop. Register for the event by emailing the venue’s contact at dawson@laneirrigation.com. For questions about the graywater rebate program, contact Justin Burks at jburks@valleywater.org.

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Irrigation Maintenance and Leak Detection - Mountain View
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Irrigation Maintenance and Leak Detection - Mountain View

  • Mountain View Library (1st Floor Program Room) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Did you know that outdoor irrigation systems consume more than half of all water supplied to homes? Learn how to maintain your irrigation system to conserve water and prevent unexpected high bills from leaks. This class will cover efficient irrigation upgrades, checking your system for broken parts, how to set your controller for optimal water use, and how to perform your own irrigation audit.

Registration and more information.

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Composting Basics Workshop - San Jose
Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop - San Jose

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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DIY Lawn Conversion Workshop - San Jose
Dec
15
10:00 AM10:00

DIY Lawn Conversion Workshop - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park - Our City Forest (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how to convert your water-thirsty lawn into a drought-tolerant dreamscape. Watch a demonstration on how to convert your lawn yourself. Plants from the native garden for sale.

Meet at the Our City Forest Parcel with long pants and closed toed shoes. Bring a pad of paper, pen, water and snacks.

Questions? martialcottle@ourcityforest.org

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Plant Now! Low Water Ornamentals from Around the World - Palo Alto
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Plant Now! Low Water Ornamentals from Around the World - Palo Alto

You may be familiar with California Native Plants. But did you know that there are Mediterranean climates around the world that have the same growing conditions as we have here in Santa Clara County. They produce many beautiful ornamentals that grow very well here and need little water. Come and learn about some great California Natives as well as plants from other Mediterranean climates that would be great additions to your waterwise garden. Fall is the best time to get them into the ground so that they can put down roots during the winter. So don’t delay!

Cost: Free

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Garden Maintenance - Mountain View
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Garden Maintenance - Mountain View

Learn how to keep your landscape healthy throughout the seasons with proper maintenance techniques including pest and weed management, pruning, mulching, watering tips, and more. This class is in conjunction with Part 2: Garden Installation and may be attended as a stand-alone class for anyone interested.

Registration and information here.

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Composting Basics Workshop - Sunnyvale
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Composting Basics Workshop - Sunnyvale

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Compost Basics Workshop - San Jose
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Compost Basics Workshop - San Jose

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Native Plants for the Redwood Garden - Redwood City
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Native Plants for the Redwood Garden - Redwood City

The Coast Redwood Forest plant community is home to a wide variety of native plants suitable for gardens in the greater Bay Area. This talk will cover the most popular perennials, shrubs, and ground covers in cultivation, as well as some of the rarer plants, in order to interest both beginners and enthusiasts.

Frank Niccoli has been a gardener for over 50 years and is the past president of the founding chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association. He was voted Member of the Year by his peers in 2001 and 2004. He has written the curriculum for and teaches numerous classes at Foothill College.

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Fall Garden Market at Martial Cottle Park - San Jose
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Garden Market at Martial Cottle Park - San Jose

  • Martial Cottle Park (Master Gardener Area) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for Martial Cottle Park's Harvest Festival, including our Fall Garden Market. The Harvest Festival celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Santa Clara Valley and the newest park in the county. There will be food, entertainment, park tours, and more. 

Our Fall Garden Market offers a bounty of winter vegetables and flower seedlings that thrive in our cool winter conditions and will keep your garden producing year round. Vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, kale, chard, peas, many varieties of lettuce and other salad greens, plus much more. Come get inspired! New this year: Heirloom garlic varieties.

We will also have talks by UC Master Gardeners, children's activities, a Green Elephant sale, and Help Desk LIVE! where you can ask questions and bring in samples for diagnosis.

Cost: $6 parking at Martial Cottle Park.

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Native Plant Sale at Hidden Villa - Los Altos Hills
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Native Plant Sale at Hidden Villa - Los Altos Hills

Scores of species of California native plants well-suited for our gardens and wildlife will be on sale at the CNPS SCV Nursery at Hidden Villa Ranch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on October 20. Native plant books, posters, and note cards will also be available.

This sale is organized by the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Come early for the best selection. Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted. Bring boxes to carry purchases home. Free parking. No pets.

For more information, please click here

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Compost Basics Workshop - Morgan Hill
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop - Morgan Hill

  • Community Center, Diana Murphy Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Compost Basics - Mountain View
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics - Mountain View

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

To register, click here.

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Simple Water Features for the Native Garden - Mountain View
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Simple Water Features for the Native Garden - Mountain View

Water features add interest to the garden, supply needed water to wildlife, and mask ambient noise. They can be as simple as a bird bath or as complex as a recirculating water fall. Get some ideas for a water feature in your garden.

Sherri Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect, Bay-Friendly Qualified Designer, and started her company, Sustainable Landscape Designs, over 20 years ago. She is a chair person for the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and received the 2018 Water Champion distinction from the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award Coalition.

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Gardening with Succulents - Milpitas
Sep
29
11:00 AM11:00

Gardening with Succulents - Milpitas

  • Sal Cracolice Building - Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Gardening with Succulents: Learn how to care for, irrigate, and design landscapes with drought-tolerant succulents.  Bring your succulent pups to share and swap with fellow participants and apply the principles and elements of design taught in the class to create a succulent arrangement. Format: Combination Lecture & Hands-on Format.

Free.  Click here for Registration and more information.

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Compost Basics Workshop - Santa Clara
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics Workshop - Santa Clara

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

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Growing California Natives in Milpitas
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Growing California Natives in Milpitas

Come join us for a free library talk on Growing California Natives, presented by UCCE Master Gardener Carol Peck. You will learn about planting California natives in your landscape to save water and lower maintenance. Fall is a great time to "go native" by making changes to your garden. California natives attract bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, other beneficial insects. Some California natives are even edible. Natives also mix well with non-natives. Gardening with native plants brings the beauty of California into your own landscape while receiving numerous benefits.

Free.  For more information, please click here.

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Native Plants - Planting, Pruning and Maintenance in San Jose
Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

Native Plants - Planting, Pruning and Maintenance in San Jose

Discover how to prune parts of native plants and trees, such as branches, buds, and roots to improve or maintain their health. Dress for the elements! Wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and bring water. Tools and light refreshments will be provided.

Free!  Open to the public.  Register here.

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Compost Basics Workshop - Cupertino
Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

Compost Basics Workshop - Cupertino

  • Environmental Education Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events. For more information, contact the ROTLINE 408-918-4640.

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Biodiversity and the Native Plant Gardener in Mountain View
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Biodiversity and the Native Plant Gardener in Mountain View

What makes California a world hotspot of biodiversity? Why should a home gardener care? Learn about the critical role native plants play in a healthy environment, how human pressures are driving them to the brink of extinction, and what you as a home gardener can do to save and celebrate them. Learn how to provide habitat for wildlife, conserve natural resources, save effort and money, and give your garden a sense of place -- by using native plants. A plant list will be provided.

Arvind Kumar has been gardening with native plants for over 14 years and is a past president of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. A true advocate of the environment, he helped start the Going Native Garden Tour in 2003, has worked on native plant restoration projects at Lake Cunningham in San Jose, and received the Water Champion award from the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Coalition in 2013.

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Native Plant Gardening in Pots in Redwood City
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Native Plant Gardening in Pots in Redwood City

Dress up the smallest of spaces using native plants in containers. Containers allow you to provide exactly the right soil, sun, and drainage conditions for those picky natives that you’ve always wanted to grow. See how creative you can be recycling pots and combining different textures and color for an ever-changing garden display. Note, this talk was rescheduled from May 10.

Pete Veilleux is a master designer, nurseryman, and photographer. He creates gardens using native plants for long-lasting landscapes that help people get the maximum use and pleasure from their patch of earth. He is the owner and propagator of East Bay Wilds Native Plant Nursery (www.eastbaywilds.com) in Oakland, and a tireless advocate of native gardening.

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Sustainable Pest Management in Sunnyvale
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Sustainable Pest Management in Sunnyvale

  • Sunnyvale Teaching and Demo Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Maintaining a healthy garden is the first step to dealing with pests. Master Gardener Karen Hurst will introduce the Integrated Pest Management approach (IPM) and discuss how to deal with specific pests in a sustainable way.  After the talk, we can tour the community garden to identify and discuss some common pest issues. 

Check out the UC Davis website, http://ipm.ucdavis.edu - a treasure trove of information on pests and diseases.

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Karen Hurst

Cost: Free.  For more information, click here

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Compost Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Compost Basics Workshop in Sunnyvale

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free. To register, click here.

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Planting California Natives in Your Garden - Gilroy
Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

Planting California Natives in Your Garden - Gilroy

  • South County Teaching and Demo Garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn how, when and where to start or expand your landscape with beautiful California native plants. They have limited water usage and maintenance. Some are even edible! A list of plants that are native to this area will be provided at the talk and a tour of the native section of the garden!

Presenter: UC Master Gardener Carol Peck

Cost: Free.  For more info, click here. 

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Using Graywater in your Native Garden in Milpitas
Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

Using Graywater in your Native Garden in Milpitas

California is a drought-prone state and it is imperative that we conserve every precision drop of water. Gray water is a great way to re-use water from inside the house for landscape irrigation outside of the house. Come learn how you can install a simple laundry-to-landscape system and which native plants are best suited for this type of irrigation. Did we mention you can also get a rebate from the local water district?

Sherri Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect, Bay-Friendly Qualified Designer, and started her company, Sustainable Landscape Designs, over 20 years ago. She is a chair person for the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and received the 2018 Water Champion distinction from the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award Coalition.

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Compost Basics in Palo Alto
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

Compost Basics in Palo Alto

  • Cubberly Community Center, Room H-1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come learn about the importance of managing your organic waste (food scraps and yard trimmings) at home. Home-based waste management has never been more relevant. With wide reaching applications, backyard composting cuts your contribution to landfills, conserves water, and builds healthy all-natural soils that store carbon. At this FREE workshop you will learn to build, manage and utilize a home compost pile. Please join us for an exciting journey into the world of rot! 

Free. To register, click here.

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