Compost Class – Learn to Turn @ STAR Eco

Imagine giving your garbage can the week off – or even moving it into retirement. STAR Education is happy to announce it’s new Compost Immersion Program to begin on July 25 and you are cordially invited to attend. The Extraordinary Master Composter, Alane Weber, will be teaching this five day course.

If you don’t know yet who Alane is, then this is the perfect opportunity to meet her……she teaches the compost portion of soil foodweb courses with Elaine Ingham, Chief Scientist at Rodale Institute, and Alane is also the Soils / Compost Instructor for the Master Gardener Program for San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

The following schedule will be immersed into your consciousness and blended into your core soul and ultimately……into your SOIL!:

Day 1: Overview, Tools & Materials, Management Decisions

Variations of styles & methods.
Focus: Aerobic composting methods and soil foodweb principles.
High Grade Biological Innoculum
Management decisions leading to appropriate method.
Build a pile demo; Turn a pile.
Compost materials: Details of Browns & Greens & High Nitrogen sources.
Post class discussion, Q & A till 5 p.m.

Day 2: Focus Aerobic Composting Management

Management Decisions & Aerobic Focus.
Expansion of C:N ratios.
Expand Aerobic composting, “Further Process”.
Build a high Nitrogen pile; Turn a pile.
Discuss Aerobic processes, Q & A specific to Hi N, heat & microbe management.
Post Class discussion, Q & A till 5 p.m.

Day 3: Alternate Methods of Compost Management

Alternative Composting processes, in depth: Static, Passive, Pit, Hybrid.
Demonstrate alternate pile building & turn a pile (if needed).
Wrap up alternative compost processes to finished product.
Post class discussion, Q & A till 5 p.m.

Day 4: In Depth Soil Foodweb Study

Soil FoodWeb powerpoint (This is what’s in good finished compost).
Soil FoodWeb powerpoint / Compost Tea Overview.
Demonstrate Compost Extract production.
Turn a pile (if needed).
Live microbe projection and discussion.
Post class discussion, Q & A till 5 p.m.

DAY 5: Vermicomposting / Worm Composting

Overview of Vermicomposting methods, styles, and equipment.
Build a sample bin, stacking and single chambers.
Harvesting worm castings.
Wrap Up: Q & A
Walk through of piles worked in demo area – where are they now?
What do they need from here?

Graduates will receive a Certificate in the

Daily Schedule:
In Session: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Break: 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
In Session: 10:45 – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
In Session: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Break: 3:00 – 3:15 p.m.
In Session: 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Add’l Q & A: 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. (if needed)

This Fabulous Rare Course will be offered for $375 for the full 5 days and will be fully catered with vegan options. The event will be held at the Star Education building next to the Eco Station and across from what will be the new Hub Community Garden created by Star Education and the Los Angeles Community. We will be creating and contributing to their composting area to get the new two acre community garden off to a great start.

Special thanks to Lee Wolkowitz and Star Education for Sponsoring this event! They are doing Extraordinary work.

Malibu Compost will also be sponsoring this event and will be serving up it’s Bu’s Blend Biodynamic Compost. They are the first local producer and distributor of Certified true Biodynamic Compost in the world!

Star Education
10117 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Parking will be in the lot adjacent to the brick building just west of where the event will be held. Park in the lots labeled “Star”. Parking is also available on Jefferson Blvd., College Blvd., Leehy and Peerson. Signs on the premises will be posted to help you find your way easily.

Space is limited for this event in a beautiful, brightly-lit
brick building, so your payment guarantees your space.
We will be accepting full payment until July 18th, unless spaces become full before this date. You can also pay $75 per each class if the entire schedule cannot be attended.

For more information, please contact Sheri Powell Wolff or Norma Bonilla at [email protected] and we very much look forward to being immersed with you!

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