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Fundamentals of Composting

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Homemade 3-compartment composting system.
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Extension Gardener Workshop

Food scraps and yard trimmings together account for more than a quarter of household waste. Instead of trucking this waste to the landfill, use composting – the controlled decomposition of organic materials into a soil-like substance – to turn it into a valuable soil amendment!

Join Matt Jones (Extension Horticulture Agent) and the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Chatham County for a presentation and hands-on demonstration on the fundamentals of home composting. Participants will learn about the science of the decomposition process, understand the types of materials that are readily compostable, how to fine-tune the composting process by finding optimal temperature, moisture, aeration, and pile dimensions, and troubleshooting common composting problems. A demonstration on compost bin construction and the composting process with the Master Gardener volunteers of Chatham County will follow the lecture.

The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The workshop costs $6 per person. Registration and fee payment is required by Nov. 2, 2020. Registration is limited to 32, but additional classes may be offered if demand is high. Register online

The workshop will be held at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center (1192 US 64 W Business in Pittsboro).

This workshop is part of the Extension Gardener series of workshops that are open to everyone. It is also part of the Master Gardener volunteers of Chatham County initial training program. For more information about becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer volunteers of Chatham County, see our Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program page.

QUESTIONS? Contact N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center by calling 919-542-8202 or email

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by Oct 20, 2020, to Ginger Cunningham, County Extension Director, at 919-542-8202 or email:

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Photo of Matt Jones, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMatt JonesExtension Agent, Agriculture - Commercial Ornamental and Consumer Horticulture (919) 542-8243 matt_jones@ncsu.eduN.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
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