Learn from the Master Composter: Backyard Composting

Rodale Institute

Event Description:

Learn from the Master Composter: Backyard Composting

April 5, 2014

10 am – 1 pm


Join our compost production specialist Rick Carr, for his backyard composting class that will provide all participants with the knowledge and skills to begin composting effectively in your backyard, quickly identify and troubleshoot compost problems when they arise, and harvest and use finished compost in your garden for improving plant growth.


This class will focus on choosing the right bin and location for your composting needs, how to manage compost materials throughout the year, prevent pest and insect problems, and review a number of harvesting techniques. Participants will learn the basics of compost science and biology as well as compost utilization – how to effectively use the material in your garden.


Participants will learn:


  • How to choose and build the right composting system that best fits your needs and location.
  • How to ‘lasagna layer’ compost and continuously add materials for effective composting.
  • How to identify and troubleshoot the most common composting issues.
  • How to harvest compost when finished and apply the material as a soil amendment.


This class is designed for all individuals who wish to begin composting at home but are looking for the right push and ample information to compost effectively. This dynamic class will allow participants to ask questions during the presentation as well as provide sufficient one-on-one time with the instructor at the end of the class. The presentation will take place at Rodale Institute’s new compost demonstration site, though brief lectures will be held inside during inclement weather.


Areas to be covered:

  • Compost biology and microbiology
  • Choosing the right bin
  • Bin building
  • The elements of compost (WONC)
  • Maintenance
  • Managing compostable materials
  • Troubleshooting
  • Harvesting
  • Compost use and application

Preregistration required.

Instructor: Rick Carr




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