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Announcing the 2010 Master Composter Series at GPC!

Posted by Nancy Kreith -

Hello Master Composters,

I am happy to announce the 2010 Master Composting Series at GPC. We would like to schedule two MCs for each of these drop-in demos. We will need about 4-6 MCs for the special event days in April and Sept. Special event days will have an a.m. and p.m. shift. Please email/call me if you would like to sign up. or 773-233-0476. GPC will host a private training day for MCs on April 10. On this day we will walk you through a mock-up demo so you are ready for the public.

MC - Composting Demos at GPC Training Day: April 10, 2010 - 1 - 3 p.m.

2010 Garfield Park Conservatory (GPC)
University of Illinois Extension Master Composting Series

What: A drop-in demonstration time when visitors can ask Master Composters questions about composting in the city, as well as participate in hands-on demonstrations. Each monthly session focuses on a different aspect of composting, though basic questions about composting can be answered at any time.

When: One Saturday per month

Time: Drop in anytime between 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: In the Composting Area of the Garfield Park Conservatory's Outdoor Demonstration Garden - 300 N. Central Park Ave, Chicago 60624
Provided by: University of Illinois Extension Cook County/Chicago Master Composters
More Information: If you have questions about this series, please call 1-773-638-1766 ext 18

2010 Demonstration Schedule:
April 24 – Basics of Composting – Green and Growing Fair*
Learn how to start and maintain a basic compost bin. Different compost bin types will be on display and each one will be explained. Live demos will be conducted throughout the day of the Fair. Plus, visitors will receive a free compost education booklet to take home.

May 15 – Setting up a Compost Bin from Start to Finish
Do you know exactly what should be going into a compost pile? Learn how to balance the key ingredients in composting: greens, brown, air and water. Hear the tricks of the trade from experienced Master Composters.

June 26 – Building up that Heat in a Compost Bin
Learn how to activate a compost pile and build up some heat! Master Composters will explain which materials will help you to raise a hot composting pile.

July 24 – Harvesting and Using Your Compost

Now is the time to start harvesting that finished compost from spring. Learn how to use your compost as mulch and potting mix. Compost sifting will be demonstrated.
Note: Stay for Beekeeping Demos happening this day too!

August 21 – Brew a Batch of Compost Tea
Join us in the shade for a spot of tea. Compost tea works wonders on your plants and applying it is a cinch. The process of brewing the tea is slightly more complex, but expert Master Composters will get you headed in the right direction.

September 18 – Basics of Composting – County Fair*
Learn passive composting systems, such as, sheet mulching, leaf composting and leaving cut grass behind. Compost bin demos will happen throughout the duration of the Fair.

October 16 – Winter Preparation of Compost Bins
Decomposition slows down in the winter. Learn how to prepare your bin for the winter and harvest your remaining compost for use in the fall.

*Special Event - On-going demonstrations will last 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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