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On-Farm Composting Course - Ramona

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Learn composting management techniques from basics to troubleshooting; siting to vector control; and regulatory considerations to soil benefits. This course will combine lectures, hands-on training, and a field trip to operational composting facilities. Offered in partnership with the San Diego Farm Bureau.

Composting on your farm, ranch, or large property is an ideal way to manage crop residues, manures, and other organic waste while creating a stellar soil amendment. During this three-week course, we will address the unique strategies, challenges, and opportunities that arise through medium-scale composting. 

This course does not address typical residential composting or large-scale commercial composting. It is intended for those mid-sized systems that fall in between, particularly horse ranches and small farms.

Saturday, March 5, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday, March 12, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday, March 19, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

A tour of local mid-scale composting facilities will also be offered at a date TBD.

This course offers Certified Crop Advisor CEUs! Over three weeks, a total of 10.5 units can be earned (2 Soil & Water Management units and 1.5 Manure Management units per class). A CEU sign-in sheet will be available at each class.

In this course, we'll cover the following topics

- Neighbor-friendly composting best management practices, scaled to farms
- Compost basics, e.g. recipe considerations, feedstocks, and bulk density
- Compost management, e.g. site considerations, odor, dust, and rodent/vector control
- What is permissible on farms without permits
- Composting/water saving benefits

Course Fee: $25*

Priority registration is offered to unincorporated San Diego County residents only. All other residents will be placed on a waitlist initially and accepted into the course pending available space.

Refunds will be provided to registrants up to 14 days prior to the start date of the course. There will be no refunds or cancellations after that date. 
*If the fee presents a financial hardship, please contact Diane Hazard at to apply for a scholarship.

If you're not already familiar with composting, check out one of our introductory composting workshops

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Event Classification
Funding Source Contract-funded
Category Composting Workshop
Contract County Composting
Special Note
Stream to Volunteer Opportunities
March 5th, 2022 9:00 AM   through   March 19th, 2022 12:30 PM
San Diego Country Estates - International Equestrian Center
16911 Gunn Stage Road
Ramona, CA 92065
United States
Main Phone: (760) 436-7986  ext. 700
Unincorporated San Diego County resident 25.000000000
Non-Resident of Unincorporated San Diego County (waitlist; $25 upon acceptance into course) 0.000000000

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