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Compost 101 with Doug Lipton

Get the dirt on compost with SHED’s own soil scientist, Doug Lipton. This interactive demonstration will be on site at HomeFarm in Dry Creek Valley, and is ideal for anyone interesting in creating healthy soil for their kitchen garden or small farm. Doug will show participants how to layer and pile compost, explain the applications of compost in the home garden and on the farm, and discuss how organic materials can encourage healthy soil. He will give a tour of HomeFarm and show how and where compost is used on the farm, as well as the varied piles of compost that grow daily with additions from the SHED kitchen. From plate to pile, see how compost is made!

Please note that this workshop that will take place offsite at SHED’s HomeFarm in Dry Creek Valley. Directions will be emailed to all workshop participants ahead of the event. The workshop includes refreshments and a 10% discount card for purchases made in SHED’s retail store the day of the event.

Doug holds his doctorate from U.C. Berkeley in environmental chemistry and did post-doctoral worked at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, where he focused on contamination issues in Central Valley wetlands. He earned a M.S. in Soil Chemistry from University of MO, Columbia where he also organized the first organic farming conference. After serving as a Principal Scientist at a large Bay Area environmental consulting firm, Doug formed Lipton Environmental Group that continues to direct one of the largest wetland restoration projects of its kind in the country, recycling sediment dredged from shipping channels to restore wetlands habitat for fish & wildlife. In 1996, Doug and his wife Cindy moved to Healdsburg with their two sons to start HomeFarm, an organic/biodynamic farm, where they grow a wide variety of fruits, nuts, flowers, and produce. In 2013, Doug and Cindy opened Healdsburg SHED.

 

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