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Celebrating Compost

Charlotte, N.C. – Mecklenburg County’s Waste Reduction Program is devoted to eco-friendly gardening year-round. But during International Compost Awareness Week, May 2 to May 8, 2010, the County is rolling out the red carpet for wannabe composters with an array of free programs and workshops dedicated to the practice of turning yard and kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich fertilizer for your flowers and vegetables.

Learn more about composting at one of the following events:

Sunday, May 2, 2010: International Compost Awareness week kickoff at Little Sugar Creek Community Garden, at 17th and Alexander streets in Belmont. Experts will hold a class and demonstration to illustrate the benefits of composting. Noon to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010: Lunch and Learn workshop on worm composting. Little Sugar Creek Community Garden, noon to 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 6, 2010: Lunch and Learn workshop on compost bags and guerrilla gardening. Urban Ministries, 935 N. College St., noon to 1 p.m. Contact Don Boekelheide at 704-347-0278 ext. 245 for more information.

Thursday, May 6, 2010: GOT Garden, a hands-on compost and garden gathering. Friendship Garden, 2401-A Distribution St., 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Contact Henry Owen at 704-975-4005 for more information.

Saturday, May 8, 2010: Compost workshop. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register by Wednesday, May 5, by calling 704-588-5224.

Tours of Compost Central, the County’s commercial compost facility, are also available. Call 704-588-9092 to schedule a tour.

More events may be scheduled as the week progresses. Check for updates at

All events are free and open to the public. For safety reasons, no pets are allowed. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All events are contingent on favorable weather. Contact senior environmental specialist E. Nadine Ford at 704-432-1970 for more information.

For more information on International Compost Awareness Week, go to


Media contact: Michelle Moriarity Witt, 704-432-0361 or

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