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ICAW 2019 Events


California


Backyard Composting Class

Location: Moreno Valley, CA
Start Date: 5/18/2019
End Date: 5/18/2019
Event Link: www.rcwaste.org
Details: The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources will offer a FREE Backyard Composting class on Saturday, May 18 at 9am. The class will take place in the Resource Garden behind their building at 14310 Frederick St., Moreno Valley, 92553.

Contact: For more information, call 951-486-3200 or visit www.rcwaste.org


Florida


Soil Making for Beginners

Location: The Oldsmar Organic Community Garden, 423 Lafayette Blvd., Oldsmar FL
Start Date: 5/5/2019
End Date: 5/5/2019
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1552200331579683/
Details: We are delighted to host the Pinellas Community Composting Alliance for this wonderful event. In this course, you will learn the basics of composting as well as the different composting methods you can try at home or in our garden. You will also get the chance to ask any questions and get advice from community leaders with years of composting experience.

Contact: oldsmarorganicgarden@gmail.com

Compost Workshop

Location: 116 Hampton Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL
Start Date: 5/5/2019
End Date: 5/5/2019
Details: This is a free compost workshop on May 5th at 9:30 AM at a large composting site at our Edgemoor Community Garden located at 116 Hampton Ave. NE St. Pete. 33703. Learn the fundamentals, truths and myths of different types of composting.

Contact: Ray Wunderlich, rayrunner@yahoo.com, Wunderfarms.com

Compost-A-Thon 2019

Location: Sarasota and Manatee County, FL
Start Date: 5/5/2019
End Date: 5/11/2019
Event Link: https://www.sunshinecommunitycompost.org/compost-a-thon
Details: Join us for our 2nd annual Compost-A-Thon event!
This is Manatee/Sarasota's largest, one-week, food-scrap-to-soil effort in honor of community building, soil creating, and fundraising to support the education and action initiatives of Sunshine Community Compost. Hosted during International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW).
HOW IT WORKS:
*Collect food scraps May 5-11 in free food scrap collection bucket.
*Deposit food scraps in one of our community sites on May 11 between 9:30-10:30a.m.
*Attend a family-friendly celebration & community party of all things compost and zero waste on May 11 from 10:30-1p.m.
REGISTER AT: sunshinecommunitycompost.org
ALL ARE WELCOME for end-of-week community party May 11th!

Contact: Tracie Troxler ttroxler@sunshinecommunitycompost.org 650-743-3104


Michigan


Home Composting Workshop

Location: Leelanau County Michigan
Start Date: 4/23/2019
End Date: 4/23/2019
Event Link: http://glenarborsun.com/leelanau-solid-waste-council-hosts-composting-workshop/
Details: YOU ARE INVITED ‐ Tuesday, April 23 – Composting Workshops
9:00 AM Session is FULL
1:00 PM Session now added!
Have you wanted to be a successful backyard composter? Have you been collecting your materials into a pile to compost but nothing seems to be happening? What’s the big deal about composting and organic materials management anyway? Do you want to take your passive compost to the next level with hot composting? You'll never look at your coffee grounds, eggshells and slimy cucumbers the same again! You will learn how collecting, composting and using finished compost effects your soil and your community. This informative and upbeat presentation on backyard composting is for you!

Scope of the Workshop:

  • Introduction
  • Food Waste Reduction
  • Food Recovery
  • Compost – Definition, Examples – touch, smell, observe samples
  • Why Compost? Resource in vegetative scraps/ improve soils
  • Process – Materials; Nitrogen (Greens), Carbon (Browns), Air (Oxygen), Water
  • Where do the materials, trash and recycling go from the curb locally?
  • Importance of knowing where your food comes from, your water source, and where your discards go
  • Vermicomposting
  • Recap and Questions

Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Tuesday April 23 (FULL!)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – NEW SESSION ADDED
Location: Lower Level of the Government Center
Speaker: Amy Freeman, Organics Maven Composting Specialist
Iris Waste Diversion Specialists, Inc.
Amy has been working in the composting and recycling field for many years. Her current work includes Iris Waste Diversion Specialists, Inc. as the Organics Maven and Composting Specialist. She is the Composting Technician with the Michigan Food and Farming System (MIFFS) Women in Agriculture Farm Development Center on the campus of Genesys Hospital in Flint, Michigan. She also works with Country Oaks Landscape and Composting in S.E. Michigan. Amy is an active member of the Michigan Organics Council. Amy loves people and values relationships. She is a true “connector”. She is passionate about reducing waste, identifying resources, local self‐reliance, and looking for the possibilities in any situation. As an Organics Maven, Amy thrives on education about all things food; from building healthy soils to growing nutrient dense food to end of life of food scraps. Education, recovery, processing and utilization drive Amy to be an expert in this industry. She provides technical assistance and education on organics management and works to increase local, nutritious food in her food systems work.
NO COST! RSVP: 231‐256‐9812, or planning@co.leelanau.mi.us
Sponsor: Leelanau County Solid Waste Council, 8527 E. Government Center Dr., Suite 108, Suttons Bay MI 49682

Contact: RSVP: 231‐256‐9812, or planning@co.leelanau.mi.us


Minnesota


International Compost Awareness Week Celebration

Location: Urban Growler, 2325 Endicott St., Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114
Start Date: 5/4/2019 11:30 a.m.
End Date: 5/4/2019 5 p.m.
Event Link: http://www.mncompostingcouncil.org/events.html
Details: Come celebrate with the Minnesota Composting Council at Urban Growler in St. Paul, MN. Attendees can pickup free compost and enter to win a compost bin, kitchen countertop pail, or compostable bags. Educational tables will host examples of accepted and not accepted items for local curbside organics programs, info on drop-off and curbside programs, and backyard composting. Chat with a Master Gardener from noon to 2 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Contact: Minnesota Composting Council at compostmn@gmail.com


Missouri


Compost Operations and Recycling Tour

Location: 5700 Peabody Rd, Columbia, MO
Start Date: 5/11/2019
End Date: 5/11/2019
Event Link: https://www.como.gov/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/solidwaste/composting/?doing_wp_cron=1551635570.9028279781341552734375
Details: The City of Columbia Missouri is offering a tour of it’s commercial composting facility and Materials Recovery Facility. Date: Saturday, May 11, Time: 10:00a.m.- 11:30a.m

Contact: Ben Kreitner, Waste Minimization Coordinator, City of Columbia (ben.kreitner@como.gov)

Residential Food Waste Collection

Location: Capen Park, 1600 Capen Park Dr, Columbia, MO
Start Date: 5/7/2019
End Date: 5/7/2019
Details: City of Columbia Food Waste Collection Event, Capen Park (1600 Capen Park Drive), 8:00am to 8:00pm. Bins will be set to collect residential food waste. Please NO paper products or plastic bags

Contact: Ben Kreitner, Waste Minimization Coordinator, City of Columbia (ben.kreitner@como.gov)

Compost Workshop

Location: Columbia Farmer's Market, 1701 W. Ash Columbia, MO
Start Date: 5/11/2019
End Date: 5/11/2019
Event Link: https://www.como.gov/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/solidwaste/composting/?doing_wp_cron=1551635570.9028279781341552734375
Details: Compostables make up 34% of the materials that go into landfills. Learn the why, what and how of home composting. Attend a free workshop and start diverting kitchen scraps and yard waste while producing a nutrient rich soil amendment. Composting is nature’s way to recycle. A workshop will be offered at 9:00am to 10:00am and 10:30am-11:30am

Contact: Jody Cook, Volunteer Specialist, City of Columbia, jody.cook@CoMo.gov, 573-874-6271

Recycling and Compost Tour

Location: 5700 Peabody Road, Columbia, MO
Start Date: 5/11/2019
End Date: 5/11/2019
Details: The City of Columbia will offer a free tour of its compost operation and recycling facility on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at 5700 Peabody Road. All are welcome to attend the tour and learn about Columbia’s waste diversion efforts. We also welcome any suggestions for improvement. Attendees should drive around the scale house and take the first right-hand turn. The tour will begin at the Material Recovery Facility, located on the right side of the road.

Contact: Ben Kreitner, Waste Minimization Coordinator, City of Columbia (ben.kreitner@como.gov)

Compost Workshops

Location: 1600 Capen Park Drive, Columbia, MO
Start Date: 5/11/2019
End Date: 5/11/2019
Details: The City of Columbia will host two free composting workshops on Saturday, May 11 at 9 am. and 10:30 a.m. at the Columbia Farmers Market. Though registration is not required, it is recommended. Register at CoMo.gov by searching “compost workshops”.

Contact: Ben Kreitner, Waste Minimization Coordinator, City of Columbia (ben.kreitner@como.gov)

Community Food Waste Collection Event

Location: 1600 Capen Park Drive, Columbia, MO
Start Date: 5/7/2019
End Date: 5/7/2019
Details: Free drop-off location for food waste. Residents and businesses may store food waste in a bucket then empty contents into a collection container at Capen Park. Fruits, vegetables, meat, bones, dairy, soups, bread, pasta, coffee grounds and other food items will be accepted. This material will be added to the City's Compost Operation, so it is important to exclude plastic and paper products such as bags, plates, cups, utensils, etc. The event is only occurring on Tuesday, May 7th between 8:00am and 8:00pm.

Contact: Ben Kreitner, Waste Minimization Coordinator, City of Columbia (ben.kreitner@como.gov)


New York


Love Compost Photography Show Artist Reception

Location: UnCommon Grounds, Saratoga Springs, NY
Start Date: 5/8/2019
End Date: 5/8/2019
Details: Love Compost is a collection of photographs, the subject of which many people would consider garbage. The images are mostly, but not exclusively, of food waste from my kitchen. All of the once-living subject matter that I photograph makes its way to my backyard composter where it is allowed to decompose naturally. What began as a momentary pause at the window above my kitchen sink... an observation... became a meaningful photographic meditation, a practice, a necessary ritual, and a path.

Contact: Terri-Lynn Pellegri terri-lynnpellegriphotography.com

Intro to Vermicomposting: A 'WORMshop' for New Yorkers

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Start Date: 5/15/2019
End Date: 5/15/2019
Event Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-vermicomposting-a-wormshop-for-new-yorkers-tickets-59788332512?aff=sb
Details: In this workshop, you'll learn the ease of composting even in the most confined of urban settings!

Sashti Balasundaram, a "Master Composter" and founder of WeRadiate, will walk participants through the process for setting up your own worm bin by constructing one for the AgTech X workspace. You'll leave with a bill of materials for setting up your own bin.

This is the perfect class for anyone who has wanted to better understand the issue of organic waste in our cities, the general composting process, compost's value to soil, and how to get started on your own composting setup regardless of your surroundings.

About the Instructor:
Sashti Balasundaram is the founder of WeRadiate, a technology organization aiming to shift our current waste management paradigm towards greater organics diversion. Sashti is an environmental educator having previously taught the Master Composter Certificate Course with the NYC Compost Project and worked for the Mayor's Office, City of Buffalo, to begin a new municipal food-scrap collection program. Learn more about WeRadiate on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!

Contact: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-vermicomposting-a-wormshop-for-new-yorkers-tickets-59788332512?aff=sb

Home & Community Food Scrap Composting Training

Location: Tivoli, NY
Start Date: 5/18/2019
End Date: 5/18/2019
Event Link: https://www.nysar3.org/vs-uploads/Organics%20Council/1555508667_Community%20Composting%20Training%20Flier_Tivoli.pdf
Details: Saturday, May 18 from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Training Overview:
- Food scrap composting 101 for backyard & community scale sites
- What is community composting?
- Compost system options, siting, set up, system management
- Composting basics: inputs & outputs, system management
- Feedstock collection: sourcing, quality, community engagement & training for community composting

Contact: Athena Lee Bradley Athena@nerc.og

Backyard Composting Workshop

Location: Pitney Meadows Community Farm (Saratoga, NY)
Start Date: 5/4/2019
End Date: 5/4/2019
Event Link: https://www.sustainablesaratoga.org/projects/zero-waste/
Details: We offer composting workshops that help local families learn how to easily convert food scraps and lawn trimmings into rich nutrients for their gardens. Backyard composting workshops last approximately 45 minutes and will include an overview of how to get started with backyard composting, identifying and troubleshooting common composting issues, and time for questions. The workshops are free. We will provide information about finding the right bin for your compost needs, and the ongoing support you need to make reducing food waste easy and fun. If you would like to compost, but don’t know how to get started, WE CAN HELP

Contact: zerowaste@sustainablesaratoga.org

Backyard Composting Workshop

Location: Saratoga Springs Public Library (Saratoga Springs, NY)
Start Date: 5/14/2019
End Date: 5/14/2019
Event Link: https://www.sustainablesaratoga.org/projects/zero-waste/
Details: We offer composting workshops that help local families learn how to easily convert food scraps and lawn trimmings into rich nutrients for their gardens. Backyard composting workshops last approximately 45 minutes and will include an overview of how to get started with backyard composting, identifying and troubleshooting common composting issues, and time for questions. The workshops are free. We will provide information about finding the right bin for your compost needs, and the ongoing support you need to make reducing food waste easy and fun. If you would like to compost, but don’t know how to get started, WE CAN HELP.

Contact: zerowaste@sustainablesaratoga.org

Compost at Home Workshop

Location: Buffalo, NY
Start Date: 5/4/2019
End Date: 5/4/2019
Event Link: http://erie.cce.cornell.edu/events/2019/05/04/spring-compost-workshop
Details: Interested in composting at home, but not sure where to start or need some help making your composting better? Join us Saturday May 4, 2019 for a composting workshop where you can:
- Learn the basics & benefits of composting
- Talk about "the right mix"
- Learn about "rat-free" composting techniques
- Discuss how to keep invasive species out of your compost
- See different indoor & outdoor composting techniques and bins
- Ask the experts your questions

Contact: sin2@cornell.edu

Elmhurst Compost Application & Park Beautification

Location: Veterans Grove Park, Judge St. & Whitney Ave, Elmhurst NY
Start Date: 5/5/19
End Date: 5/5/19
Event Link: https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/its-my-park-at-veterans-grove/?date=20190505
Details: 1:00pm-3:30pm From compost to flowers, help Elmhurst go green! Be a volunteer: plant new plantings, apply locally sourced compost, and help clean up Veterans Grove Park. Working together, let's create a stronger sense of community for all. Volunteer with us, or just stop by. Learn about the importance of composting food and yard waste, how compost can help plants grow and thrive while reducing our carbon footprint, and how you can stay involved with the compost project here in Elmhurst. Volunteers should dress in clothes that can get dirty, with closed-toe shoes. Light refreshments will be available. The NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden will also have a Zero-Waste activity table to teach attendees how to make their own DIY compost. There will also be compost for volunteers to take home after the event. This event is a collaboration between the Elm Church, NYC Compost Project, and Partnerships for Parks.

Contact: fabbott-lum@queensbotanical.org (917)-480-1386 www.queensbotanical.org www.elm.church

Rego Park Compost Application & Beautification

Location: Lost Battalion Hall, 93-29 Queens Blvd. Rego Park, NY 11374
Start Date: 5/11/2019
End Date: 5/11/2019
Details: 1:30-3:30 PM
Green Queens and build community by beautifying Lost Battalion Hall! Come out and support your community and learn how you can start composting! Everyone is welcome, including kids.

We'll be applying compost to green spaces, cleaning up the park, and educating attendees on how they can start making their own compost and engage in the city's Zero Waste programs.

This event is a collaboration between the Earth Citizens Club of Queens, NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden, and NYC parks.

Contact: fabbott-lum@queensbotanical.org

Backyard Composting Workshop

Location: Canandaigua, NY
Start Date: 6/15/2019
End Date: 5/15/2019
Details: Think decomposing is too imposing? Not boasting about your composting? Speaker Russ Welser from the Cornell Cooperative Extension will address the various materials that can be composted, factors affecting material decomposition, and how to make composting simple and easy.

Contact: KMcCumiskey@TownofCanandaigua.org

Intro to Home Composting

Location: Ulster County Resouce Recovery Agency, 999 Flatbush Rd, Kingston, NY 12401
Start Date: 5/6/2019
End Date: 5/6/2019
Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/313732635997389/
Details: Join us for International Compost Awareness Week and learn everything you need to know to start composting with confidence! This course is taught by the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency Recycling Coordinator and Recycling Educator. $5 Class Fee includes 1.5 hours of instruction, guided tour of UCRRA’s commercial composting operation, and a complimentary bag of Grow Ulster Green compost. Participants will learn about the benefits of home composting, an overview of composting bins and various methods, how to get started and tips for best management practices. Class size is limited, reserve your seat today! Register with payment by calling 845.336.0600

Contact: apeo@ucrra.org


North Carolina


Compost Education at Dana Elementary

Location: 690 Ridge Rd, Hendersonville, NC
Start Date: 5/6/2019
End Date: 5/10/2019
Details: Henderson County Environmental Programs will be teaching about compost to the entire Dana Elementary School. Students will learn about the different types of composting, why its important and explore a worm bin for critters.

Contact: Christine Brown, Environmental Programs Coordinator, cbrown@hendersoncountync.gov, (828) 694-6524


Virginia


Prince William Compost Awareness Day

Location: 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, VA
Start Date: 4/27/2019
End Date: 4/27/2019
Event Link: https://youtu.be/RdgkYE9wY9g
Details: This year’s theme is “Cool the Climate – Compost! Composting eliminates biodegradable waste from the landfill. Making efforts to compost slows the warming of the atmosphere by removing amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas emitted from waste. Compost improves soil quality, promotes healthy plant growth, reduces the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improves water quality, and protects the environment. Composting is also an important way for residents to manage waste and extend the life of the landfill, because yard waste makes up about 13% of the waste stream in Prince William County.

Volunteers from the VA Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners will present 30 minute workshops starting at 10:30 a.m. on container gardening; small space (townhouse) gardening; tree planting, mulching, maintenance; building soils; and rain barrel construction and operation demonstrations will be provided by Prince William County Environmental Services.

In addition to the workshops, guests will receive a free compost sample and door prizes will be given out throughout the event. Compost bins and plants will be on sale and food will be available for purchase from a local 4-H Club. Balls Ford Road facility conducts commercial scale composting. Residents are encouraged to bring yard waste such as leaves, logs, brush, and garden and hedge trimmings to be processed. The compost that is produced at Balls Ford Road can be purchased by the cubic yard at the Balls Ford facility or the County landfill and coupons will be distributed to the compost event attendees.

This event is sponsored by AshBritt Environmental, Broad Run Recycling, Freestate Farms, GBB Solid Waste Management Consultants, MOM’s Organic Market and Rivas Design Landscaping.

Learn more about Prince William Compost Awareness Day at www.pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling or https://youtu.be/RdgkYE9wY9g.

Contact: PWCRecycles@pwcgov.org

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