Composting Demystified - May 11, 2019


When: May 11th, 2019 – 12pm – 5pm
Price: $60
Where: Mushroom Mountain, 200 Finley Rd. Easley, SC 29642
No lunch included

Did you know that all the materials you need to create rich, fertile topsoil are nearby and free or inexpensive?  Making rich compost can be done in a variety of ways, and with a little understanding of the nuances, anyone can become an expert at making great compost.

Join us at Mushroom Mountain to learn the science of what compost is and how it is made, and then art of creating a good compost pile with proper recipes and where to source materials from.  In the morning we will learn about the soil food web, all the critters that live in compost, what they do and how to make them happy.

In the afternoon we will get our hands dirty with live demonstrations of:

  • Building a thermophilic compost pile

  • Making a vermicompost (worm) bin

  • Brewing compost tea

  • Assessing compost quality

  • Using a microscope to determine compost and soil quality

This workshop is for all skill levels and is beneficial for anyone ranging from the curious citizen to the commercial farmer.  Participants will leave with a deep understanding of a (not so) secret of organic farming. Not only will you be on your way to making great soil, you’ll be helping divert waste materials from landfills and improving the longevity of our planet!

Taught by Leif Olson, research coordinator and Environmental Enhancement Services director for Mushroom Mountain.  Leif is an interdisciplinary researcher and practitioner with a background in ecology, environmental chemistry, mycology, sustainable agriculture and bioremediation.  He has spent years as a landscaper and is currently working to develop methods for tackling landscape restoration and enhancement using the power of fungi. He is also a graduate of Elaine Ingham’s Soil Food Web learning module, the foremost educational program on the practical application of soil biology and compost production to farming.

Workshop Schedule

12:00-12:15 Introductions

12:15-1:15 Lecture on soil food web, building a compost pile

1:15-1:45 Thermophilic pile building demo

1:45-2:30 Worm bin theory and  building demo

2:30-3:30 Break and tour of facilities

3:30-4:00 Compost Tea theory and brewing demo

4:00-4:30 Soil Microscope demo

4:30-5:00 Sensory compost assessment

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