May Compost Workshops

Posted by: Mary Kate Ranii on May 3, 2017

PRC will conduct seven Backyard Composting Workshops in May at a variety of locations throughout Allegheny County.

“Backyard composting reduces the release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from landfills, and instead turns yard waste and food scraps into a gardener’s best friend,” according to PRC Education Specialist Nancy Martin.  “Organic matter is a crucial component of soil, since soil is made up of water, air, minerals and 4 to 7 percent organic matter. Without that 4 to 7 percent of organic matter in our soil, we would not exist.  No plants would exist, and without plants, no animals could survive. That 4 to 7 percent of organic matter is compost.”


Learn to turn kitchen scraps – as well as leaves, garden and yard debris – into a natural homemade compost for your lawns and gardens.  You’ll receive a composting bin at class.

This workshop thoroughly covers the importance and benefits of composting, including the overall process, methods for setting up a compost pile, proper maintenance and ways to use finished compost.  Participants receive a FreeGarden EARTH Compost Bin, which features an 82-gallon capacity ideal for both urban and suburban settings.

Cost: $70 per person ($75 per couple) and includes a composting bin.  Pre-registration is required.

Also in May PRC will conduct a Watershed Awareness/Rain Barrel Workshop on Thursday, May 25, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park, Point Breeze.  Participants will learn about problems associated with stormwater runoff, ways to conserve water in the home, and techniques to reduce one’s contribution to watershed pollution.  Course fee includes 90 minutes of instruction plus a FreeGarden RAIN 55-gallon easy-to-install rain barrel. Cost is $80 per person ($85 per couple) and includes one rain barrel.

Pre-registration is required.

To register for a PRC workshop, click here or call 412-488-7490 x226.