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Re: It's over!/compost

The two presentations before me had no handouts; one used slides, the other
powerpoint.  However, the powerpoint guy wasn't a MG; he was from Wild Birds
Unlimited, so he did have some props at least.  The guy after me, talking
about lawncare just talked.  And then the compost guy - he had interesting
videos, past around some finished compost, had his ReLeaf brochures handed

I've only given one presentation before (only 3 people attended) and I think
people like to either take something away with them or have the opportunity
to participate in some small way, like the tropical fruit Jim mentioned.   I
think a presentation at a home show can only enlighten attendees just so
much and for the most part, much of what they learned can drain right out of
them after they leave.  For the 3 person presentation ($20 charge) I gave
each attendee a bag of bulbs, a $17 (my cost $3) book written by Michael
Jefferson-Brown, a 20 page bound manual of information, and several
catalogs.  Attendees seemed quite happy.  For this free presentation, all
they got was this booklet, but it did include everything they needed to get
started except the bulbs.  They didn't need to really remember anything I
said.  They just had to remember the pretty pictures I showed, and I'm sure
some of those pics will stick long enough for them to go get a few bulbs.

neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 7:37 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] It's over!/compost

> Sounds like it was a smash hit. You'll probably be tapped for a repeat
> next year, so save the master copy of your booklet.
> Having materials for attendees to touch and heft is always a winner. At
> the tropical fruit lecture that Ms Fatma and I went to a couple of
> weeks ago, the highlight was clearly the tropical fruit that one of the
> locals brought. At the end of the show, they carved them up so everyone
> got a taste as well as a look-see.
> On Saturday, March 5, 2005, at 06:27 PM, Fort Wayne, IN wrote:
> > Dear Friends,
> > I just wanted to write and thank all of you for your support,
> > information,
> > and treasures some sent, to help me with my presentation at the Home &
> > Garden Show.  It went well.  I had an audience of 77; the MG who
> > assisted me
> > stretched out my 60 booklet handouts by only giving one to couples.
> > The
> > powerpoint presentation I had on a borrowed laptop connected to a
> > provided
> > projector and it all flowed seamlessly - except for the time I dropped
> > the
> > microphone.  I was happy I had samples of materials and bulbs to show
> > as
> > most of the other speakers simply relied on slides and I think some of
> > the
> > attendees enjoyed the opportunity to actually see and touch the
> > materials.
> > Thank goodness it is over, though.  On to real gardening.
> >
> > The last presentation yesterday was on composting so I thought I'd see
> > if
> > the speaker had anything new to say.  Well, it was nothing like what I
> > expected.  He is the president of Hoosier ReLeaf and he showed videos
> > of his
> > 38 acre composting site.  They compost absolutely everything - drywall,
> > sawdust, manure, all building materials, leaves, etc.  He began this in
> > conjuction with a local construction company when Indiana was pushing
> > to
> > reduce yardwaste going to landfills.  Then the state decided it didn't
> > care,
> > so of course, the construction company didn't care either and dumped
> > the
> > project.  This man, owner of a nursery, was able to scrape up enough
> > money
> > to buy just one of the machines.  And now he does it himself.  It is
> > soooooooooo amazing!  I haven't seen the website yet, but you might
> > like to
> > look at it:
> > www.hoosierreleaf.org
> > He explained how, if McDonalds changed just their straws, he could
> > compost
> > all their waste.  If Pizza Hut changed just their pop lids, he could
> > compost
> > everything.  But he can't get in to talk to the right people.  He
> > sells his
> > compost for about $70 a ton.  He says they do the same thing in CA, but
> > there they get $400 per ton.  When he worked with the county, he was
> > able to
> > do 26 times as much as he can on his own, but he still keeps 14 rows of
> > compost going all the time.  Unfortunately, he said the state is
> > making some
> > new zoning restrictions and they pay force him down to only one row,
> > which
> > would put him out of business.
> >
> > How can Indiana be so incredibly stupid?  Separating yardwaste isn't
> > difficult and the benefits are from here to the moon.  Instead,
> > everything
> > goes to the dump.
> >
> > Kitty
> >
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> Island Jim
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> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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