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RE: It's over!/compost

I'm hoping not to have to any more talks.  A note here... Audiences love
visuals and over the years it seems a lot of speakers have created some
great slide presentations.  However, it seems that slides show best in the
dark and it's often hard to balance that with having some light in the room.
This weekend I watched a video presentation, 3 slide presentations and two
powerpoint presentations.  The powerpoint with some light on is much
clearer, easier to view, colors stronger, than the slides.  Since you don't
always have control over the type of lighting you'll be presenting in, I
would think it a good idea for those presenters who frequently give the same
pres in different venues, to convert their slides to Powerpoint, Corel
Presentations, or some oth similar program.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Sunday, March 06, 2005 6:38 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
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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