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The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation is offering free composting workshops around San Diego County in February 2012.

Composting is an important component of environmentally sustainable communities because it diverts valuable organic matter from landfills and reduces the amount of waste that must be transported from neighborhoods to waste disposal and processing facilities. For residents, composting is also an excellent way to enrich soil in gardens, yards, and planters. Amending soil with compost can conserve water, reduce the need for fertilizer, and increase plant vigor and pest resistance.

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Water Conservation Garden: 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon

Saturday, February 25, 8:00 am-10:00 am, San Diego Zoo (Otto Center): 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego

Saturday, February 25, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Crestridge Ecological Reserve: 1171 Horsemill Road, El Cajon (Crest)

These workshops are sponsored by the County of San Diego and the City of San Diego.

To register or for more information click here!


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Join the Solana Center for a great course on how to start and sustain a school garden. As with any garden, composting plays an important role and will also be discussed in this course along with several other issues that are critical to school garden success. One of the class days will focus on a hands-on garden build, from the dirt up! Please contact Elizabeth for more information at (760) 436-7986 ext. 218 or elizabeth@solanacenter.org.

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The Solana Center, in partnership with the County of San Diego, has an exciting and unique opportunity for you to expand your composting knowledge! We are offering a FREE Horse Manure Management Workshop. Learn to protect our waterways by composting horse manure! 


Saturday, January 14th
10am – 12pm
Bright Valley Farms
12310 Campo Rd.
Spring Valley, CA 91978
The workshop will be taught by Lisa Wood, known for her two long rides, totalling over 1,000 miles each. Lisa works for the City of San Diego and has published two books about her long rides. She has experience with horse manure composting on her Lakeside ranch and through her work with the City of San Diego at the Greenery.
The workshop will cover the following keys topics:
-Basic composting
-Manure composting
-Manure management
-Preventing odors and flies
-Benefits of composting
-Using your compost-Protecting local water sources
To register for this great workshop click here or call Liz at (760) 436-7986 ext. 216. Also feel free to email or call Liz with any questions. Her email is liz@solanacenter.org.

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Saturday, January 22, 2011
10 – 12 noon
San Diego Botanic Gardens
230 Quail Gardens Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024

Saturday, February 5, 2011
10 – 12 noon
Water Conservation Garden
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West
El Cajon, CA 92019

Monday, March 14, 2011
2-4 p.m.
Welk Resort Farmer’s Market
8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido, CA 92026

Saturday, March 19, 2011
10 – 12 noon
Summer’s Past Farm
15602 Olde Highway 80
El Cajon, CA 92021

Learn about the ins and outs of backyard composting and vermicomposting at this free workshop! Workshop will include information about selecting a bin, maintenance, harvesting, and more! A limited number of compost bins and worm bins will be available for purchase after the workshop.

Click here to pre-register now or to view a full list of upcoming workshops!

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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
10 – 12 noon
Crestridge Ecological Reserve
1171 Horsemill Road
El Cajon (Crest), CA 92019

Learn the basics of backyard composting and vermicomposting including bin set up, maintenance, harvesting, and more! The workshop will be held at Crestridge Ecological Reserve during the Earth Discovery Institute Native Plant Sale. There will be a limited number of compost bins available.

Please register online at www.solanacenter.org or by phone 760-436-7986 ext. 222. Workshop is provided by the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation and the County of San Diego.

Register today!

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A Master Composter turns a compost bin during a workshop.

El Cajon Composting Workshop
Saturday, May 15th, 2010
10am – 12noon
Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College
12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon 92019

We will cover backyard composting and composting with worms during this 2 hour workshop. A limited number of subsidized bins will also be available at the conclusion of the workshop.

Please pre-register by visiting http://www.solanacenter.org/1workshops.html or calling (760) 436-7986 x 222.

To view a list of additional free composting workshops, please click on the “Free Composting Workshops” tab located on the top right side of the page.

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The New Roots Community Farm in City Heights was featured in a great article in the LA Times this morning, heralding its efforts to provide refugees and low income families access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Please click here to view the article. Also, the New Roots Community Farm just so happens to be the location of a FREE upcoming composting workshop!

Free New Roots Community Farm Composting Workshop

Saturday, February 20th, 2010


54th at Chollas Parkway in City Heights

To pre-register, please click here.

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