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Master Composter Training Program Begins March 12, 2012

Release date: 2/17/2012

Sponsored by SOCWA:
Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority
in cooperation with The Bloomfield Township Public Library
Classes meet 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm –
Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd. (@Telegraph)

Schedule for 2012

  • Mon. March 12: Composting…for Earth’s Sake!
    • Speaker: Lillian Dean, Master Composter program coordinator
  • Mon. March 19: Healthy Lawn Care Seminar (public meeting)
    • Speaker: Gary Eichen, Mike’s Tree Surgeons, Inc.
  • Mon. March 26: Go decomposers! The biology of composting
    • Speaker: Renee Moore, Science Teacher, Seaholm H.S.
  • Mon. April 2: Soil testing and fertilizer options
    • Speaker: Jon Dahl, Director, MSU Soil Test Lab
  • Mon. April 16: Healthy soils for healthy trees…and marvelous mulches!
    • Speaker: Michele Mitchell, Oakland Community College
  • Mon. April 23: Ecosystems, watersheds, and youth education
    • Speaker: Pat Dobosenski, Elementary Science Teacher, retired; Birmingham
  • Mon. April 30: Susatainable landscapes and rainwater recycling (public meeting)
    • Speaker: Rick Lazzell ,Ecoscape Landscape Consultant

Class requirements:

Attend 6 classes; build a working compost pile, complete written assignments and open book final exam. Volunteer 12 hours of time between March & October 2012.  Registration due by March 5: $35.00 (make checks payable to SOCWA) (Fee includes SOCWA Master Composter Notebook (200 pages); “Healthy Soils for Sustainable Gardens”, 100 page illustrated paperback; and Master Composter name badge.  Class size limited to 25. Register early to assure a spot!

Funded in part through a grant to SOCWA from the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Program



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