For some, compost makes the soil in the garden and the flower beds richer and better able to handle the drought. For others, it's a miraculous way to make solid waste disappear and extend the life of a landfill.
Regardless of your perspective, compost doesn't just happen. But a pair of University of Georgia events in early May can help you make composting work for you.
Bioconversion Center Open House
It all starts with the UGA Bioconversion Center's open house May 3 in Athens, Ga. From 8 a.m. until noon, visitors can see exhibits on home composting, and on composting yard waste, municipal solid waste, food waste, biosolids and equipment. Composting equipment will also be demonstrated.
Visitors can talk to UGA scientists and other experts, too. And the open house is free. The Bioconversion Center is on Simonton Bridge Road near the end of South Milledge Avenue.
For those who need more, the center will follow the open house with a compost facility operator training.
Compost Facility Operator Training
From 1 p.m. May 3 until noon May 5, people in large-scale government and commercial composting can learn the theory and practice of large-facility design and operation.
The course will cover a range of topics. Among them are microbiology, mathematics and computations, equipment choices, product quality evaluation, regulation and compliance, odors and nuisance control, end-user market development and state support agencies' role.
The training fee is $95. Enrollment will be limited to the first 25 who register. Late registrants can be placed on a waiting list for the next training.
To sign up, check with Cathy Felton at (706) 542-3086 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)