Lifelong Learning: Composting: Gold for Gardens III
  • Naples Botanical Garden 4820 Bayshore Drive
  • Naples, Florida
  • 34112
  • (239) 643-7275


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This class has been cancelled, we apologize for the inconvenience!

This class has been cancelled, we apologize for the inconvenience!

Class Title: Composting: Gold for Gardens

Instructor: Shea Porta

Class Description: Are you having difficulties growing in Florida’s sandy soils and don’t want to purchase truckloads of soil or large quantities of fertilizers? Try composting! Compost is easy to make, provides organic nutrients to plants, reduces root knot nematodes in the soil, and retains moisture during dry days. In this three class series, our Garden to Table Program Coordinator, Shea Porta, will walk you through the basics of composting. First, Shea will introduce composting concepts such as the differences between hot and cold composting techniques and give you a tour of the Garden’s composting facilities. In the second class, you will find out what makes good compost through hands-on demonstrations and use of microscopes. Finally, Shea will discuss all the steps and equipment needed for you to successfully compost at home. In the end, you will develop valuable knowledge and practical skills to help keep your garden healthy and productive!

Dates: Mondays, March 17, 24, 31, 2014. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all three classes.

Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Location: Kapnick Center; White Classroom (124)

Class Size: 15 participants per class

Cost: $10 Garden Members/ $15 Non-members per class

Materials List: Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes and bring note-taking materials

Registration Deadline: Monday, March 10, 5:00pm

Instructor Bio: Shea Porta grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida and developed a love of gardening from her mother. Currently, Shea is Naples Botanical Garden’s Program Coordinator for Garden to Table, an in-the-garden workforce development program for Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology’s Culinary Arts students. Previously, Shea was the Manager of Recycling Organics International Inc.’s Microbiotics Compost Laboratory where she earned the distinction of Texas Master Composter. Shea earned her Master’s of Science degree in Crop and Soil Environmental Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and published her thesis research on composts in the journal Compost Science and Utilization in 2011.

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