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In her lively, informative workshops, Master Composter and author of "Compost City: Practical Composting Know How for Small Space Living" Rebecca Louie delivers the dirt on compost and techniques/best practices for individuals and groups.
What is compost, why is it important, and how does one make it? In this engaging overview, Rebecca offers and in-depth exploration of how composting fits into the soil life cycle and into any lifestyle.
- compost science basics
- personal, community, and environmental benefits of composting
- composting strategies for individuals, communities (gardens and schools) and municipalities
Bucket Composting Bootcamp
This fun, hands-on class provides several strategies on how to compost your food scraps in a neat, discreet bucket. Topics covered include:
- compost science basics
- best composting practices
- aerobic bin/tumbler buckets
- underground digester buckets
- vermicompost worm hotel buckets
- bokashi fermentation and burial site
Great for audiences with limited space for composting!
Bokashi Bootcamp: Fermenting ALL Food Waste for Composting
Who says you can't compost meat, dairy, cooked food and bones? Bokashi is the Japanese word meaning "fermented organic matter." In this compelling workshop, Rebecca describes how special anaerobic microbes ferment ANY type of food waste and make it easy to compost! This topic includes:
- bokashi basics
- fermentation methodology
- a range of strategies on how to compost fermented food scraps
The Wormderful World of Vermicomposting (Lecture)
The Wormderful World of Vermicomposting (DIY Worm Bin Workshop)
Composting and Kids
Raves and reviews for Rebecca's book, Compost City: Practical Composting Know-How for Small-Space Living
"'Compost City' is an excellent how-to book for anyone who wants to start composting, especially people who live in apartments and might not have a big backyard with ample space for a sprawling compost system. The book is both practical and funny, and is stuffed with DIY projects and anecdotes about urban composting success stories."(TreeHugger.com)
"Rebecca Louie's small and handy book debunks the myths about composting, including the most disabling myth: that you can't do it well in a suburb or a city ... Louie makes the chemistry of compost and the various methods -- open-air, vermiculture, trench composting, bokashi -- easy to understand." (The Denver Post)
“You’ve never seen a book on composting like this one—it’s wonderful. No excuses, no putting it off. Compost City guides even the most squeamish sophisticate into delightful partnership with browns, greens, and worms.”— Joel Salatin, farmer, author, and educator at Polyface Farm
“A master composter and real-life eco-hero wielding a worm fork, Rebecca Louie makes composting fun, inviting, and accessible to everyone from beginners to gardening pros. She renews my faith in a sustainable future, and will inspire yours.”—Gabrielle Langholtz, editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn
“Shelburne Farms is always looking for new ways to connect teachers and students with agriculture that goes beyond their time here on the farm. Compost is a crucial component to healthy food systems, but you don't need 1,400 acres to practice this. Compost City illustrates all you need to know about recycling food, no matter how small the space at home or school. We believe that learning should be infused with joy and wonder, and Louie does just that with her fun, engaging style. Compost City will be well-used in our library.”—Alec Webb, President of Shelburne Farms, VT
“Composting is a great way to give back to the miraculous organism that is soil, and Rebecca Louie’s informative, hands-on, highly entertaining how-to makes this complex process real and doable for the home composter. It’s a fun read, and more important, it’s full of technical information and specific tips that empower anyone to go forth and compost successfully. Thank you, Rebecca! Compost City will help heal our cities and soil.”—Deborah Koons Garcia, writer, director, and producer of Symphony of the Soil and The Future of Food