Composting classes in Cabarrus March 17, 19

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 10, 2011

Itís almost spring and thoughts are starting to turn to gardening and getting our hands into the earth. But how friendly is your soil to plants?
Cabarrus County residents can learn how to turn yard and kitchen wastes into valuable lawn and garden nutrients at a free backyard composting class.
Presented by the Cabarrus Countyís Waste Reduction division, the class will teach participants how to enrich clay with compost to build healthier soil and how to compost responsibly.
ěCompost is a wonderful natural fertilizer,î said Pete Pasterz, Cabarrus County waste reduction coordinator. ěIt helps retain moisture and has also shown to reduce the number of weeds in a garden.î
ěAbout one-third of household trash is compostable.î If put in a landfill, ěthis organic waste causes methane to form, which is a more potent than carbon dioxide as a climate-warming gas,î said Pasterz.
The free class for Cabarrus residents is Thursday, March 17 from 6-8 p.m., or Saturday, March 19 from 2-4 p.m. All participants will take home a wire compost bin and composting guide. There will be refreshments and door prizes.
Space is limited. To reserve a spot call Pete Pasterz at 704-920-3280 or email