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Composting at home


October 14, 2012
The word "compost" means "to put together." When we compost, we combine food scraps, yard waste, newspaper, and other materials, and we allow them to decompose into nutrients that enrich the soil. Gardeners call compost "black gold" because it is so rich in nutrients.

Composting is an earth-friendly activity that recycles your food and yard waste, improves the quality of your garden soil, and helps to protect the quality of the water in our streams and lakes. It's also a fun, easy, and inexpensive activity that your whole family can enjoy doing together.

The City of Alpharetta will be offering a free home composting workshop on Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 10:30 am-11:30 am. The event will be offered rain or shine. Attendees will meet in the lower gym of the Wills Park Recreation Center at 11925 Wills Road, Alpharetta, Georgia. At the workshop, Farmer "D" (Daron Joffe) of Farmer D Organics will be talking to homeowners about composting at home. Farmer D, whose products are sold at select Whole Foods and Williams-Sonoma stores, works to make a difference in the world by encouraging people to grow and consume organic fruits and vegetables. He has grown food for celebrities, private communities, and elementary schools in his "town-by-town" mission to re-energize the food culture. Farmer D is online at www.FarmerD.com.

At the workshop, Farmer D will show you how to turn your kitchen scraps, grass clippings, newspapers, and more into "black gold". The workshop will be followed by a hands-on tour of composting at the Alpharetta Community Garden adjacent to the Wills Park Recreation Center. Charmaine Jackson, manager of the Alpharetta Community Garden, will lead the tour.

The workshop is brought to you by the City of Alpharetta, the Alpharetta Community Garden, and the Alpharetta Natural Resources Commission. Please register for the workshop by calling (678) 297-6200.

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Natural Resources Commission Mission Statement: Lead and educate the community to protect, conserve and beautify Alpharetta's natural resources.

The NRC is a diverse group of individuals from the Alpharetta community who have been appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Our primary objectives are to promote the benefits of maintaining a healthy tree canopy and to provide opportunities for citizens to become engaged in protecting the City's natural environment. We sponsor educational workshops and events relating to tree preservation, planting and beautification, litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, and water quality. Information about these events and volunteer opportunities can be found on the City's website at www.alpharetta.ga.us

The NRC meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at City Hall and the public is always welcome.

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