Media Release

Composting 101 at the Downtown Farmers’ Garden

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 4:00 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - The Alachua County Sustainability Program and The Florida Organic Growers invite residents to attend a free composting workshop entitled "Composting 101" on Saturday, December 18, 2010, from 2p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Downtown Farmers' Garden located at the County Administrative Building (12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville).

Workshop schedule:

·         2 p.m. - 4 p.m. How to build a three-bin composter

·         4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Composting basics

"Compost is one of nature’s best mulches and organic soil amendments.  Best of all, compost is cheap." says Alachua County Sustainability Program Manager, Sean McLendon.  "Using compost improves soil structure, texture, and aeration and increases the soil’s water-holding capacity."

The Downtown Farmers’ Garden is supported through community volunteers and a donation of the Downtown Rotary Club.  All food grown is given to the needy and local food banks.  As a teaching garden, youth groups and community organizations are encouraged to use the space to build awareness of good nutrition and the importance of local farming to the sustainability of our County.

Click here to find out more about the Downtown Farmers' Garden.

For more information, contact Sean McLendon at 352-548-3765.



If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).