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Composting 101

This is a virtual class presented in real-time through Zoom.

Whether you live in an apartment, house or on a farm, composting is a convenient and responsible way of getting rid of your vegetable scraps and food waste while creating nutrient-rich topsoil for your garden and potted plants. In this class, we will explore what composting is, how anyone can get started and how to maintain a successful compost bin.

After participating in this class, you should be able to determine which composting method works best for you, how to start and maintain your compost, and how to identify and fix common composting issues. It’s ideal for home gardeners or anyone looking for a fun, sustainable project.

Students will receive the Zoom information one week before the class date.

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Instructor: David Smilnak "Hi, my name is David Smilnak. I love being able to teach people who are excited about environmental science and agriculture. So far, I’ve been very lucky to do so across the country. Whether it be volunteering in upstate New York or working with farmers in Southwest Colorado, I’ve been active in community outreach and teaching. Just like the people I see in classrooms and workshops, learning has become a lifelong passion. In 2016, I received my bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Environmental Resource Management. Then in 2019, I received my master’s from North Carolina State University in Agricultural and Extension Education. Now my quest for learning has brought me to Columbus, where I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership at The Ohio State University. I hope my experience and education can help others pursue their passions and learn a little bit more about agriculture and environmental science."