Diane recently spoke at a Zero Waste Event in Encinitas run by I Love A Clean San Diego, and we were inspired to organize three workshops in May around this topic.

Bokashi - The Art Of Zero Food WasteBokashi – The Art Of Zero Food Waste – May 6

The Bokashi composting method is used for composting ALL organic waste, including meat, dairy and liquids.

It was developed in Japan and used in Asia to ferment food prior to composting. The process uses lactobacillus bacteria to predigest waste matter, which eliminates bad odors and decreases composting time.

The process is similar to yogurt, cheese, and sauerkraut. Bokashi is a great composting method for small spaces.

In this workshop, we will cover the following topics:

  • What is Bokashi?
  • How is it used?
  • Demo of actual Bokashi fermented food waste (FFW) compost
  • Bokashi compost bin setup
  • Amending depleted potting soil with Bokashi

Class will be taught by Ron McCord of Feed The Soil. Ron is a Master Composter as well as horticulture instructor with at risk youth in North County. He is very passionate about using Bokashi, along with traditional and vermicomposting, to divert organic waste from landfills and return literally tons of organic matter to our depleted soils as plant nurturing soil amendments.

***Early Bird Pricing is $35/person until April 28th***

Organic Vegetable Gardening For Beginners - May 13 2017Organic Vegetable Gardening for Beginners – May 13

You can easily grow an abundance of produce that is bursting with chemical-free nutrition – and it doesn’t require much time, space, or resources!

If you ever wanted to plant a garden, or learn more about organic methods, join us for this fun, easy, hands-on workshop, where you will learn:

  • Deal with pests and weeds without using toxic chemicals
  • What and when to plant for our San Diego climate
  • Create the perfect growing environment, including how to find the best soil
  • Plant from seeds or plant starters
  • Which companion plants will increase your yield
  • How adding flowers to your garden can not only increase yield but the beauty of your garden
  • How an organic garden will benefit your health – and your budget
  • How to harvest your fruits and vegetables

***Early Bird Pricing is $35/person until May 5th***

 Composting with worms - May 20

Easy Composting With Worms – May 20

Worm composting is an easy and fun activity for the whole family that can be done year round, indoors or out. No matter if you live in a tiny house or a mansion. Worms can eat their way through your food waste if you live alone or have a large family. Worm bins allow you to dispose of food waste with no smell and without attracting vermin. Transform kitchen scraps and junk mail into rich dark food for your garden in 60 days with a worm compost bin.

If you ever wanted to learn how to compost the easy way, join us for this fun, easy, hands-on workshop, where you will learn:

  • Using kitchen waste and junk mail to create beautiful compost for your garden
  • Building the perfect habitat for your worms
  • How to make your worms feel at home from the get go
  • What to feed them so they thrive
  • Harvest your compost and use it in your garden
  • Use the ‘worm tea’ as a free fertilizer on your plants

***Early Bird Pricing is $35/person until May 12th***

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Diane Downey and Sheri Menelli specialize in earth-friendly landscaping practices, including vegetable gardening, rainwater capture, soil health, native plants, and efficient irrigation. Diane is a professional landscape designer with over 10 years’ experience, and Sheri is a certified permaculture designer with a six-year-old food forest in her backyard. Combined, they have over two decades of teaching experience. Their classes are taught to the public in the classroom, in the field, and via one-on-one garden coaching sessions.
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