Composting workshop wraps up fall series

Andrew Wagstaff
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Parrsboro club learns how worms can be your friends

PARRSBORO – Delphine Seto loves worms - especially the composting kind.
The Amherst farmer shared her love and knowledge of vermin composting with members of the Parrsboro Garden Club this week, wrapping up the fall workshop series put on across Cumberland County by the Ecology Action Centre and the River Hebert and Area Garden Club.

Delphine Seto of Side By Each Farm in Amherst shows members of the Parrsboro Garden Club the value of vermi composting at Fundy Geological Museum this week. The workshop was the final of the fall series hosted in Cumberland County by the Ecology Action Centre and the River Hebert and Area Garden Club.

“We had workshops all over the county, 12 in total,” said Su Morin, community food co-ordinator for the Ecology Action Centre.

Offered in communities such as Springhill, Pugwash, Amherst, Parrsboro, and Sackville, N.B. the workshops ranged from topics such as mushrooms, storing tomatoes, and pickling, to edible plants, seed saving and permaculture.

The workshops were generally well received, according to Morin, although they ranged in popularity. The Sept. 7 mushroom walk in Springhill drew a large crowd, for example, while the fermentation workshop in Amherst on Nov. 2 had to be canceled due to low numbers.

The vermi composting workshop, hosted Nov. 4 at Fundy Geological Museum, drew a modest but eager crowd of local garden club members, who took in the enthusiastic presentation from Seto as she showed them how to build their own worm bin to create quality compost for their gardens.

The workshop offered the participants everything they needed to know about red wiggler worms, and their ability to make compost out of leftover food material, with very low effort and maintenance.

“I think people were really interested in this one not only because it shows them a way to save money, because a small bag of this stuff would cost $25-30 to buy, but it also shows them how to get a better quality compost than what they might be doing at home now,” said Morin.

While this event wrapped up the fall schedule, she said there would be more to come in Cumberland County for 2014.

“We’ll definitely do it again next year,” she said. “We will have some workshops in the spring, and we will have another fall series.”

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: Ecology Action Centre, Fundy Geological Museum

Geographic location: Parrsboro, Amherst, Cumberland County

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