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Composting 101

If you grew up playing around the family compost heap, it is likely that you will know exactly what to do when you make your own compost pile. If you didn’t, maybe you’re wondering why your compost doesn’t smell good, doesn’t break down, takes too long, or attracts vermin.

Learn the nuts and bolts of good composting practices. Find out what makes garbage and garden wastes into amazing soils, how it all works, and why, therefore, you don’t have to work that hard to make great soils.

There are many different ways to create great composts from all sorts of yard and kitchen materials. Join Adina at Kashi for a clear and in-depth look at composting and soil building.

Mostly happy when she is outside, natural gardener Adina Lehrman has been growing food in her own garden in the organic style for more than 20 years, evolving into no till growing, and permaculture methods through practice and observation.

In 2008 Adina started The Compost Gardener organic garden consulting and growing service. In the spring of 2009 she completed the University of Florida Master Gardener Volunteer training. In the spirit of sharing useful information Adina writes the ManureDepot.com blog where gardeners can learn the nuts and bolts of soil, composting, and no till gardening specifically tailored for Florida gardeners on the Treasure Coast.

Adina started the Heathcote No Till Organic Garden in the fall of 2009 at Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Fort Pierce where she served as the volunteer, volunteer’s coordinator for that garden. Over the course of three years, working just two mornings a week, she and other volunteers grew and delivered over 1700 pounds of vegetables to a local soup kitchen and a local food pantry. While there she also taught no till organic gardening classes offering a series of nine classes that closely followed the activities of the growing seasons from fall garden planning to summer gardens.

A student of permaculture for several years, Adina received her Permaculture Design Certification in March of 2013, and teamed up with fellow permaculture designer Lucie Burke to form the Permaculture landscape design and implementation company Florida Regenerative Landscapes. Their first joint project was the food forest design and gardens for the LOV Juice bar at the Peak Health and Fitness Studio in Vero Beach.

In 2015 Adina was awarded the Slow Food Snail of Approval by Slow Food Gold And Treasure Coast for her years of commitment to helping people learn about and grow better food. Slow Food GTC extended that award for the year of 2016 as well.
To date, Adina continues her work to help home gardeners transform their yards into food forests, focusing on edible tropical perennial plants and trees for summer salads, pot greens, fruits and starches, and natural soil building techniques for productive annual and perennial gardens.

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