Compost Workshop Saturday the 17th

This Saturday, October 17th, join us for a Compost Workshop at the Humphrey Calder Community Garden at the corner of Patterson and Thompson.  The event starts at 10:00 am and will feature discussions on the composting process, cover crops, vermicompost and biodegradable products.   This event has been put together by local businesses and organizations who are interested in educating people to lead more sustainable lives.  Special thanks to the Chesapeake Bay FoundationBackyard FarmerTricycle GardensGreen Duck and Worm Crusaders.


  • 10:00 am – Welcome, Introductions and Overview of Compost
  • 10:30 am – Break Out Groups
    · What Is Compost – a detailed overview of what it is and how it happens
    · Growing Soil – a discussion on the importance of organic matter and soil fertility and how we can accomplish this in our homes and on our farms
    · WORMS – a discussion and demonstration about the wonderful work of worms and how to use worms at home to recycle your food waste
    · Trashenomics – a discussion of where we are today and how much we could and should be composting.
  • 11:45 – Compost Grab Bag and Conclusion
  • 12:00-1:00 – Community Conversation on Composting in Richmond (optional)

This event is a great opportunity to learn a lot about one of the easiest ways to have a positive impact on the environment.  You will learn how to grow your own compost and prepare your soil for a plentiful harvest in the Spring.  Bring your friends, family, colleagues; tell your teachers to bring their students!  There is a suggested $10 donation, but this event is open to the public.

Registration is suggested, but not required.  Please Contact Jess Barton at or Backyard Farmer at to confirm your attendance.


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