Last night's hands-on vermiculture workshop was a hit. Instructor Marian Woodard taught participants about keeping specific species of worms to decompose plant waste at home. The worms' nutrient-rich castings (poop) yield better gardening results, and their tunneling and ingesting behavior creates porous soil for better drainage and aeration. Each participant made their own worm bin "hotel" with 10-gallon bins (generously donated by Bill's Ace Hardware Store and drilled by Marian), damp shredded newspapers, grated organic carrot, and, of course, lots of fresh, wriggly worms! Photos by Alison Clary
RRHC Board and family members participate in Pleasant Hill's 4th of July parade.
Republic Services teamed up with Rodgers Ranch today for their free annual compost giveaway. If you are using your little green Republic Services issued bucket to collect kitchen scraps, this is where it ends up! Residents of Pleasant Hill lined up on the street without even having to get out of their cars to get their own containers filled with this rich, manure-free compost -- one square yard of compost per household, completely free! Compost is decomposed organic matter that is rich in nutrients and used as a soil conditioner. Happy gardening!
Photos by Alison Clary
Last night, President Denise Koroslev taught "Home and Body: Keeping it Simple," a workshop in the sustainable workshop series RRHC co-hosts with Sustainable Contra Costa. Denise provided a wealth of information on identifying and ridding toxic chemicals that we often take for granted in our home cleaning and toiletry routines as being "clean and natural." She showed us how to make DIY laundry soap and hand cream, and everyone went home with samples and lots of resources. Photos by Alison Clary
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