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School Gardens, Worm Composting Workshops at Explore Ecology

Explore Ecology Offers Two Environmental Education Workshops

Explore Ecology is gearing up for an eco-friendly new year by offering two environmental education workshops in February.


A Worm Composting and Compost Tea Workshop will be held at Art From Scrap on February 2nd from 2:30-3:30 pm. Instructors Tahara Ezrahti, Education Director at Explore Ecology and Oscar Carmona, owner of Healing Grounds Nursery will teach participants everything they need to know about setting up and maintaining a worm composting bin. Worm composting is a fun and easy way to transform your food waste into the best organic fertilizer nature can provide. This workshop is open to the public and costs $5.00 at the door. Complete worm composting kits and worms will be for sale at this event; 20 gallon kits cost $55.00, 70 gallon kits are $70.00. Kits include worms, bin, bedding, and a Garden Detectives book. Worms will be sold separately for $20.00/gallon. Pre-registration is required. If you intend to purchase anything at the event you must pre-order.

On February 6th from 3:45-6:00 pm Tahara Ezrahti will present a School Gardening & Composting Workshop for teachers, aides, and parent volunteers. This workshop focuses on how to start or enhance a school garden, non-toxic organic gardening methods, how to design a school garden as an outdoor classroom, gardens and common core curriculum, a Santa Barbara planting calendar, composting, worm composting, nutrition education and easy recipes from the garden. The workshop also includes a tour of an established school garden and of a garden that is in the process of being built. Participants in this workshop will receive a Garden Detectives curriculum, organic plant starts, and handouts. Cost: $5 per person at the door. This workshop takes place at the Goleta Family School on the Foothill School Campus, Room 9. Worm composting kits will also be for sale at this event. Pre-registration is required.

To register for these events contact Tahara Ezrahti at (805) 884-0459 x 12 or email tahara@ExploreEcology.org.

About Explore Ecology: Explore Ecology empowers people to protect and preserve the environment. Our work combines environmental awareness and artistic exploration to create a connection between people and their environment. Explore Ecology addresses how individuals can effect positive environmental change, with a focus on teaching about the interconnectedness of environmental issues, stressing the importance of individual choices and actions, promoting problem solving skills through exploration with Reuse materials, and facilitating individual actions through community services learning projects. Our programs include Art From Scrap, Environmental Education, and the Watershed Resource Center.

About Art From Scrap: Art From Scrap (AFS) was formed in 1990 as a ReUse retail store and an Arts Center. AFS quickly added an environmental education program with a focus on Reduce, Reduce, and Recycle. Over the years the education program has grown to help tens of thousands of students throughout Santa Barbara County understand the importance of conserving their environment through reducing waste, improving water quality, and organic gardening. As AFS’s programs broadened over the past two decades, it outgrew its name. Art From Scrap now operates as a major program of Explore Ecology, continuing to deliver all of the well known and much loved ReUse store and art programs that the community has come to rely on.

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