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The Real Dirt on Community Composting

  • Subject: [cg] The Real Dirt on Community Composting
  • From: Laura Berman laura@foodshare.net
  • Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2003 15:40:03 -0400

Hi Everyone,
FoodShare Toronto is hosting our second online workshop series, this time on
composting. It's free ;-) and starts this coming Monday, September 8 (though
you can sign up after that date)

Sign up instructions and course outline are below.


Laura Berman
Community Gardening & Urban Agriculture Manager
FoodShare Toronto


FoodShare presents the next in our series of online workshops-
Online Workshop
September 8 - 26, 2003
This online workshop will give you the dirt on how to compost in a community
setting. We'll cover composting basics and how to get the community involved
- whether its your community garden, apartment building, or workplace. Case
studies, checklists and worksheets to assess resources, composting readings,
links and photos will help you to figure out the best composting system for
you and your group.
Sign-up prepared to participate in online discussions about what you know
about composting and what you'd like to learn from the facilitators and
others in the workshop!
To pre-register send an email to info@foodshare.net
<mailto:info@foodshare.net>  with "register for The Real Dirt" in the
subject line

Overview of the online workshop
week 1 
Theme - why compost? why in a community setting?
Readings and Links
Assignment/Questions - What composting is going on in your area?
plus Everyone introduces themselves and what stage they are at in setting up
a community composting project
week 2 
Theme - how to compost (vermi, hot cool)
Readings and Links
Assignment/Questions - worksheet to assess resources
week 3 
Theme - choosing the right system
Readings (case studies)
Assignment/Questions - We'll play the community compost game (assign each
person a character to role-play and provide them with a community composting
Workshop facilitators:
Ravenna Barker - Ravenna is a long time volunteer with FoodShare who has a
passion for composting. She has been composting for almost as long as she
has been talking and loves to help friends and neighbors with their
composting quandries. Ravenna is also the author of the upcoming FoodShare
composting manual.
Mike Nevin - Mike is someone who would almost rather compost than do
anything else. He's the key person at FoodShare's Field to Table Centre
turning 700 lbs of wet waste into beautiful compost and has be given Food
Action Volunteer and Thank You Green Toronto awards for his composting work.
Jennifer Reynolds - Jennifer is the Education & Outreach Coordinator at
FoodShare. She has a background in organic agriculture, community food
security and currently works on FoodShare's Online Learning Centre Project.

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