NMC-CREES to teach composting techniques

THE Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research, Extension and Education Service or NMC-CREES will host an introduction to composting at NMC Aquaculture Lab on Saturday, March 17 at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Solly Takai-Nakamura, NMC-CREES Agriculture Extension agent, made an advance demonstration to the media on Tuesday afternoon and gave a brief lecture about composting.

She said the aim of the workshop is for home gardeners to learn the basics about composting.

“Composting helps improve the condition of the soil, reduces kitchen waste, and boosts the health of homegrown vegetables,” Takai-Nakamura said.

During the demo with the media, Takai-Nakamura discussed about the two types of processes of composting.

“Everybody can do composting. For hot compost, all you need is a container where you put all the materials, mix it once or twice a week and let the heat decompose it. If maintained properly, it will be ready in three to six months,” she said.

Cold compost is recommended for those who have farms and bigger areas. She said all the materials will be piled in one place and let nature break it down.

This process usually takes six months to one year before seeing the end product.

“The end product should be dark like soil,” she said.

Takai-Nakamura added that a farmer or home gardener may use paper, cut grass, cardboard, egg shells, vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, logs and animal manure for composting.

She said these materials provide carbon and nitrogen, which are good for plants.

She said the workshop is targeting all the home growers or gardeners. “It is basically open to the general public and it is for free.”

At the workshop, she said, participants will learn the importance of composting, what materials to put and what not to put. “For example, you cannot put meat or fish which promotes stinky smells in the bin.”

“Composting has a lot of benefits, it is healthy for the environment and it is just a way to recycle home waste in a different format, rather than dumping it into a landfill or burning it,” Takai-Nakamura said.

She said compost end products can be used as an alternative to fertilizer, and can be created at home.

“If the soil doesn’t have enough nutrients, you can add compost into that which will then have your plants produce productively.”

For more information, contact Solly Takai-Nakamura at 789-1017 or email [email protected].

Source: Marianas Variety :

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