Composting presentation Echo Hills HOA

I was invited to speak about composting at the Echo Hills home owners association meeting last Saturday. We met at Julia’s Coffee and Used Books on N. Wendover Road in Charlotte (which is a division of Habitat for Humanity Charlotte).  It was cold and rainy outside but nice and warm inside and smelled delicious from the freshly brewed coffee.

There were about 15-20 people present from the Echo Hills neighborhood and we had a great time talking about composting as I showed them my Basic Backyard Composting Presentation. We mostly discussed traditional composting methods using a bin or tumbler, but something interesting happened at the end of my presentation when the worm composting method was brought up!  I got the normal disgusted looks from the crowd but also a lot of genuine interest from several people whose faces lit up and asked really good questions. It was great and I was happy to answer their questions! Hopefully I was able to motivate someone to start their own compost pile, whether bin, tumbler or worm.   Note to self: Always bring the worm bin to compost demonstrations and presentations…the worms are always the stars of the show. :-)

Thank you Lori and Adam for inviting me!

I was not able to check out the used books section while I was there, so I have to make sure to stop the next time I drive by.

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“FREE” Spring Gardening Workshop March 19th

Springtime in North Carolina. Time to get out in the garden and grow some lettuce, spinach, broccoli, and sugar snap peas before it gets too hot.

Friendship Gardens is a network of urban gardens that strive to teach gardening and grow fresh, healthy, local food for Friendship Trays (meals on wheels). We are happy to offer our SPRING vegetable gardening workshop on Saturday March 19th from 10am-Noon. Please register at the link below for our hands-on (bring gloves and water) workshop below. The only cost is two hours of volunteering in one of our gardens that is growing food for Friendship Trays.

At this workshop you will learn about

  • Garden bed preparation
  • Soil Life
  • Spring Gardening, what you can grow and when
  • Planting
  • Organic pest and disease controls

The workshop will take place at Cooks Community Garden, 3201 Mt Holly Huntersville Rd Charlotte, NC, 28216

Sign up now by completing this form:

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FREE gardening education – Eating Out of Your Yard 360 Days a Year

Check it out! Hear David and Mary Beth Blackley of Renfrows Hardware teach about backyard gardening for FREE.

FREE program sponsored by the Charlotte Garden Club.

Hear David Blackley speak on vegetables, herbs and fruit production

Time: 7:00pm

Location:  The Mint, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte

For more information see or contact 704.236.5275

DATE: Monday, January 24, 2011

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Mecklenburg County Composting and Recycling October 2010

Oct 25th@Johnson and Wales Community Garden: October Master Compost Meeting 6:30-8:00pm

For more information on parking and stuff, contact Robert Brener at

November 6th : Compost Classes at St. Albans’s community garden, and Friendship Trays community garden (10a-12noon)

Also, at McDowell Nature center, there will be a 4 hour “teachers do it too” program highlighting composting and creative waste reductions tips teachers can use in the classroom.

November 13th: Mecklenburg County Shred-it day. we are staffing all four major recycling centers to securely and safely shred papers. We may also collect household hazardous waste items that day as well.

And at McDowell Nature Center, this time for the public, America Recycles Day celebration from 10-2pm. Teaching the public how to re-create the old into the new (holiday decorations, gifts, recycled art, etc).

For more information click on the “Wipe Out Waste events” tab at, or call 704.201.2201.

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Worm composting class Reedy Creek Nature Center

Worms eat our garbage! Find out how vermicomposting (or worm composting) works.

Create your very own worm bin to take home. Fee includes worms and materials.

All Ages – $15

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Course number16224

Oct 17 Sunday 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Call 704.336.7600 to register

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