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Home Composting Workshop
UC Master Gardener Gardening Education Center by the Jockey Club
2495 S Delaware Street
San Mateo, CA 94070
Contact: mgsmsf@ucanr.edu
Sponsor: Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco

Home Composting Workshop

Learn how easy and fun it is to recycle your fruit and vegetable scraps, leaves, and plant trimmings into compost in this free workshop! This workshop teaches many composting options, including 3-bin, vermiculture and grasscycling, suitable for those with or without a backyard. Apartment dwellers welcome!

Compost provides valuable nutrients for your garden soil, helps retain moisture (which saves water), prevents erosion, loosens clay and compacted soils for better drainage, and suppresses weeds. It is rewarding to know you are turning what some consider waste into precious organic material for your garden.

Receive a $30 coupon toward composting supplies, plus a bag of ‘browns’ to help you start composting.

Co-Presenter Master Gardener Carol Schulz: After retiring from a long teaching career, Carol took horticulture classes at Foothill College, where her love of California native plants intensified. Her small home in The Willows of Menlo Park has been surrounded in natives for 10 years, and she continues to learn as her garden matures. A Master Gardener since 2015, she is also a Master Composter from the County of San Mateo program of 2006.  She has overcome many pitfalls (at times just getting her compost from Lyngso!). She is currently most enthusiastic about the importance of soil as it relates to global warming, and the infinite possibilities (necessities?) of compost.

Co-Presenter Master Gardener and Master Composter Joe Lees: Joseph “Joe” Lees teaches composting techniques and theory at Foothill College and conducts community workshops, classes, and lectures to advance green principles using composting and sustainable gardening techniques throughout the Bay Area. Joe’s expertise continues to build on three decades of teaching, program management and systems development experiences. He is a certified Master Composter, graduate of the 2008 San Mateo Sustainability Academy training program [now teaches the Master Composter course] and is a 2009 certified UC Master Gardener.  In 2011 and 2018, he trained in advanced compost techniques with Soil Food Web expert Dr. Elaine Ingham, PhD.

Directions/Parking:  To arrive at the site do not go to the Event Center pay parking off of Saratoga Avenue. Enter from S. Delaware St. and look for signs to the Jockey Club. After you enter the parking lot, drive immediately to the left where you will see a green lawn and large eucalyptus trees near the Jockey Club.

Registration is Required
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