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Composting demonstrations provided by Department of Public Works

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Great start for anyone considering composting

  • Jul 22, 2009
I am not that environmentally conscientious nor do I like to garden.  I really, really can't stand the earthworms -- I used to hop around after the rain to just avoid stepping on the worms. 

But lately I have been feeling guilty throwing out left over food in the garbage and killing the very few plants we have.  Despite my fear of the worms and my laziness, I decided I would try composting. 

LA Department of Public Works offered free composting demonstration class on Saturday mornings.  I dragged my husband out with me to attend of one these classes.  To my surprise, some 30+ people showed up on a beautiful Saturday morning.  It was quite encouraging to see so many people interested in green way of living, instead of sleeping in or hitting the beaches.

The class was run by two people from DPW.  One helped with sign up and handing out fliers, and the other ran the presentation.  The class ran for a little over an hour.  The presenter went over the various composting methods step by step (I had no idea there was a difference between backyard composting vs worm composting), and added his anecdotal notes to complement the slides provided by DPW. 

Unfortunately, by end of the class, I realized I wasn't ready for worm composting yet.  I barely made myself to overlook the earthworms, but when he mentioned the possible maggot infestation, I just freaked.  That would only happen if you don't take good care of the compost, but it just sounded like too risky for me.  It turns out the worms are finicky eaters: you can't just dump kitchen garbage on them.  I think composting is a great idea, but it really takes commitment.

I would recommend this class to anyone remotely interested in composting.  It's a great starter.  You can even purchase the composting bin at a discounted price at the end of the class.  The bin comes in a complete package to get your started, including the worms and bedding for them.

Is there any ohter Lunch member out there who tried composting?  What was your experience like? Maybe you can convince me to give it a try.  :-)

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February 17, 2010
Hey Jennifer, I think @Clay_Miller just posted the answer to your question! ;)
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