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Free Composting Class March 25

Community Center Learning Garden

Post Date:03/22/2017 3:16 PM

Compost reconstruction

Muriel Williman, Education and Outreach Coordinator from Orange County Solid Waste Management, has been using the compost demonstration site at the Community Center Learning Garden for 15 years to teach the principles of backyard composting to Chapel Hill residents and students.

In fact, Muriel is leading a free Composting Class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Learning Garden at the Chapel Hill Community Center, 120 South Estes Drive in Chapel Hill. This will be a great opportunity to learn ways to make your own gorgeous soil amendment, live more organically, and reduce waste at the same time. 

Attendees will learn how to compost indoors and in tight spaces using worms, or outdoors using a variety of container types and recipes. Myths abound around composting: it smells; it attracts rodents and other undesirable critters; it’s too hard!  Debunk these myths, get your green on and learn how easy it is. Anyone can compost anywhere, honest!

No registration is necessary, and children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Contact Muriel Willman at 919-968-2788 or via email at muriel@orangecountync.gov.

Rebuild Compost Bins

Recent Rebuild of the Compost Bins

On a chilly morning last week, a group of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Staff (including Department Director Jim Orr), and several interns built new compost bins at the Chapel Hill Community Center Learning Garden. This project was made possible with the generous partnership with Muriel Willman, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Orange County Solid Waste Management Department.

In the past 9 months a number of groups and individuals have greatly increased the use and improved the appearance of the Learning Garden.  UNC Student Group, Herban Garden, added several new raised garden beds and piloted an experiential education program in gardening and healthy living for youth in The Corner Teen Center’s 2016 Summer Camp.


UNC Group Learning Garden

Student and community volunteers led fun, hands-on activities and discussions on topics surrounding gardening, sustainable living, and healthy eating. The goal of the program was to encourage and inspire youth from communities of color and under served youth in topics surrounding agriculture, sustainability, and healthy living.

Recently, several interns have begun the tedious job of weeding out each bed, cutting back roots, pressure washing the older raised garden beds and the brick and planting new plants. 

Dale Morgan is a Master Gardner who coordinates the work in the Learning Garden.

For more information about our learning Garden see www.chapelhillparks.org or call 919-968-2870 at the Chapel Hill Community Center.

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