If you are interesed in Composting this couse was excellent. After completing it last year I have reduced my trash by over 50% and have had great sucess with in making that "black gold" . I recommend it to anyone intersted in compositing and gardening. You can contact me if you have any questions. Dana
Master Composters Piedmont Landscape and Naturescape Training
Our mission is to promote wise and sustainable management of natural resources through responsible stewardship at the local level, working in partnership with individuals, neighborhoods, schools and community organizations.
The training is available to eligible participants. The training is 40 hours total with several field trips and hands on projects. Potential participants must complete the registration form. In return for the training, we are asking for specific volunteer time to help with different projects like: troubleshooting with schools, neighborhood training projects, staffing a booth at the Southern Spring Show and others as needed.
The project will train 25 Master Composter volunteers. Drawing on successful master composter's training models from around the country, we are recruiting for volunteers based on their interests, commitment and level of experience. The trainees will come from throughout the community, so to reflect the cultural diversity of the Charlotte region. A local MC project will make a valuable contribution to reduce waste and improve environmental quality through home, neighborhood, business and school yardcare and composting. All trainees will complete a twelve-week training course.
The participants will learn how to teach and troubleshoot classes including:
Compost - how to turn leaves, yard clippings & kitchen scraps into rich compost that is a cost savings & a valuable soil amendment for plants in the yard and garden.
Home and Community Soil Stewardship - How and why to do a soil test, managing soils to improve fertility, decrease erosion and protect the environment.
Toxicity Reduction - Water quality, chemical alternatives and natural methods, and proper use, storage and disposal of yard chemicals.
Home Yard Care - Wise lawn care, types of grasses and how to best manage them, grasscycling, and lawn alternatives including ground covers, natural areas and proper mulching techniques.
Piedmont Naturescaping - Landscaping for sustainability and easy, low-cost maintenance, (southern xeriscaping)using traditional and native plants and trees in the landscape, groundcovers and mulch, watersaving strategies and best irrigation practices and technologies. Prevention and eradication of invasive plants in our communities to improve property values.
Habitat and Natural Gardening - natural landscaping techniques that allow for beneficial insects and plants, habitat for wildlife and low maintenance beautification of the landscape.
Spring 2009 MCPLANT Schedule:
Regular Classes will be held at Win Haven Garden and Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Ave. Monday mornings from 10am to Noon. There will be the occasional Saturday field trip and a few classes will be held at different locations noted below with an asterisk*.
If there is enough interest, a second evening class may also be offered. Dates will remain the same with a few additonal Saturday field trips. Classes would meet from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Wing Haven. Please indicate on the registration form above (highlighted in blue) if you prefer the morning or evening session.
Feb. 9, 2009 Introduction
Feb. 14, 2009 Saturday class. Building a compost pile
Feb. 16, 2009 Piedmont Soils
Feb. 23, 2009 Compost Science
Mar. 2, 2009 Grasscycling and Mulching
*Mar. 4-8, 2009 Attend the Southern Spring Show (Charlotte Merchandise Mart, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.)
Mar. 9, 2009 No regular class
Mar. 16, 2009 Projects-Doing vs. Telling
*Attend a Saturday PLANT class. Check the website for dates and locations.
Mar. 23, 2009 Water Quality and *Tour of Compost Central. (Longer class than usual).
Mar. 30, 2009 Worm Composting
April 6, 2009 No class. Spring Break
April, 13, 2009 Native Plants
*April 18, 2009 Saturday class. 10am-3pm. Earth Day CPCC's main campus. Volunteers needed. Hours count toward community service.
April 20, 2009 Invasive plants
April 27, 2009 Community Gardens
May 4, 2009 No regular class.
May 11, 2009 Project Presentations
*May 18, 2009 Graduation and Potluck celebration. Class meets from 10am- 1pm
Please see online registration form highlighted in blue at top of this page.
Solid Waste - Waste Reduction
700 North Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202