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Composting on the Coast


Composting on the Coast is a full day workshop 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 25 in Nehalem, Oregon (indoor in the morning, farm in the afternoon).

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Learn how to make a compost pile with the materials around you and have it hot and rapidly decomposing within a week. The workshop is targeted at farmers but the concepts are the same for the home gardener making compost. This is an agricultural compost workshop (small scale farms) for high quality compost production using compostable materials readily available on the Oregon coast such as fish waste, bedding material consisting of manure and straw, wood chips and more.

In the morning learn about compost recipe development, compost area siting and design, handling different materials and related information. The afternoon will be in the field with hands-on activities evaluating compost materials and one-week old active compost piles to learn about estimating moisture content and bulk density, monitoring temperatures, and testing for pH and EC and compost maturity. This workshop is modeled after the Agricultural Composting Resources & Education Series (ACRES) held alternate years in Aurora. 2016 instructors are Dan Sullivan (OSU) and Andy Bary (WSU).
The cost is $30 per person.