Hands-on Composting Workshop - Kona
Mini Ag-Pro for Extension
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Organic Matters Hawaii
(73 Kupaloke Street, Kailua-Kona)
UH-CTAHR's Cooperative Extension, Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program (SOAP), and Western SARE welcome you to participate in a hands-on workshop about composting.
Utilizing proper composting techniques is critical for creating organic matter that is well balanced and beneficial to commercial orchard cropping systems. Incorporation of organic matter is important for the sustainability and promotion of biotic ecosystems above and below the soil.
Participants will have an opportunity to see a commercial composting facility, Organic Matters Hawaii (OMH) in operation and tour OMH. CTAHR and OMH will provide an overview of the benefits of compost and mulch production as well as discuss different methods of composting. USDA NRCS will also talk about conservation and cost-share programs for producers.
Participants will learn how to calculate the amount of “browns and greens” required for proper composting and create their own compost piles according to their calculations. This hands on activity will require you to get your hands dirty, so be sure to dress accordingly and bring gloves, if needed.
Following the workshop, Extension faculty will have the opportunity to participate in a networking lunch ($10 each), HACAA update meeting, and additional networking at Kona Brewery.
Please indicate your interest in participating below by Wed., July 12; 4:30 pm.
Travel funding is available but is limited.
If you choose to participate, you will be contacted with further instructions and travel information. Please note that your travel request will be considered but is not guaranteed and is dependent on funding availability, which is limited.
Attire and sun/rain protection:
The event location is likely to be very hot and humid and may receive rain. Please come prepared. We recommend:
This event is sponsored and co-hosted by UH-CTAHR, SOAP, WSARE, USDA NRCS and Organic Matters Hawaii.