Learn how to turn food compost into usable soil at these upcoming City seminars

Want to learn how to make usable soil from your food scraps? Join the City of Sacramento’s Recycling and Solid Waste team for one of five free seminars, taught by a Master Gardener, and learn how to make usable soil.

The seminars are intended for City residents who want to learn how to turn their food scraps and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost for their garden.

Attendees will see the process of decomposition at a local community garden and learn how to recycle leaves, yard clippings, and even their own fruit and vegetable scraps into compost.

There are five sessions scheduled this fall:

  • 9 -10 a.m. Sept. 16 at Blackbird Community Garden (6897 Hovnanian Drive).
  • 6 – 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Mirasol Community Garden (601 Pipevine St.).
  • 6 – 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Sojourner Truth Community Garden (7365 Gloria Drive).
  • 8 -9 a.m. and 9 – 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at Southside Community (Garden, 2226 5th St.).

“The City now provides curbside organics recycling  for our customers, which gives residents an easy way to recycle food scraps,” said Jesa David, media and communications specialist for the Recycling and Solid Waste Division. “We still wanted to offer another series of the seminars, since we received a lot of inquiries about them during the pandemic and know people were eager for their return.”

All attendees will receive a free backyard composting guide and kitchen food scrap pail (one each per household). City residents who complete the seminar are eligible to receive a free Geobin composter to easily compost food and yard waste.

The seminars are offered with support from the City’s Community Garden Program and Master Gardeners. Residents interested in the garden program can call (916) 808-4943 for more information.

The event is free but registration is required, which can be done by going to the events page at facebook.com/SacRecycle and registering as “going,”  or by emailing sacrecycle@cityofsacramento.org. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Additional information on the seminars, organics recycling and more can be found at SacRecycle.org.

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