8/9/2017 Source: Office of Communication Services, CTAHR
Cooperative Extension’s Andrea Kawabata, Jari Sugano, Alyssa Cho, and Ted Radovich (all TPSS) organized a Hands-On Composting Workshop and Mini Ag-Pro event at Organic Matters Hawaii (OMH), a commercial composting facility in Kona. Participants, including 24 orchard crop farmers and 13 CTAHR faculty and staff, learned how to properly use mulch and make quality compost from their farm’s green and brown waste. Presentations from CTAHR, OMH, and USDA NRCS included not only an overview on composting basics, feedstock calculations, biochar, and mortality composting (composting animals or animal parts), but also information on the Department of Health’s compost regulations, NRCS’ soil conservation, and cost-share programs. In addition, participants had the opportunity to tour the facility, observe the turning of compost on a commercial scale, and then get their hands dirty by making their own compost piles. This event, which was funded by OMH, SOAP, and CTAHR, provided farmers and Cooperative Extension the opportunity to connect, network, educate, and learn.