Compost at Home! ¡Taller del compostaje casero! Sign up for our October virtual workshops to learn the basics

Date: 10 Oct 2022 | posted in: Composting | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Fall is a perfect time to learn how to compost! Looking for a way to recycle your food scraps and fall leaves to enhance your own soil? Interested in producing your own “black gold” for your yard or garden? Need an activity to do with your children? 

Learn how to home compost! 

ILSR is offering two virtual workshops as part of DMV Food Recovery Week 2022. This year’s week – October 16 to 22 – features free in-person and virtual events to help individuals and the wider community in the DC-MD-VA region learn easy things you can do at home to reduce food waste and increase food security for all. Co-hosted by Manna Food Center’s Community Food Rescue (CFR), the DC Food Recovery Working Group (DCFRWG),   the Montgomery County Food Council, and the Prince George’s County Food Equity Council.

Tuesday, Oct. 18th: Intro to Composting at Home: Hot & Worm Composting (12-1 p.m. ET)

Learn how to home compost and make your own “black gold” for your yard or garden! This workshop will cover the basics of hot composting outside as well as worm composting (suitable for small patios and apartments). Composting cuts pollution from trash, landfills, and incinerators while storing carbon in soils and enhancing soil health. Learn the key ingredients for success by taking this online workshop.

Thursday, Oct. 20th: Taller del compostaje casero (Learn How to Home Compost) in Spanish (12-1 p.m. ET)

¡Aprende a hacer compostaje en casa! Todos están invitados a un taller virtual GRATIS, que se dará en español, en linea la comodidad de su hogar. Aprenda cómo hacer compostaje en su propio patio trasero y así poner su granito de tierra fértil para salvar el mundo. (English: Learn how to home compost! Everyone is invited to a FREE virtual workshop, which will be given in Spanish, online in the comfort of your home. Learn how to compost in your own backyard and create fertile soil to save the world.)

Related Resources from ILSR:
  1. Home Composting Resources Homepage
  2. Oh, Rats! How to Avoid Rodents at Community Composting Sites
  3. Home Composting Dos and Don’ts
  4. Common Steps in the Composting Process
  5. Ingredients for Good Compost
  6. Cross-section of a Composting Pile
  7. Hierarchy to Reduce Food Waste and Grow Community
  8. Posters: Compost Impacts More Than You Think
Sources for red wiggler worms (Eisenia fetida):
  1. Texas Worm Farm
  2. Lakeshore Vermicomposting
  3. The Worm Farm
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Daniela Ochoa González

Owner/Founder, Regenerative Solutions

Daniela Ochoa González será la entrenadora principal. Daniela es consultora trilingüe, traductora y maestra compostadora con más de 14 años de experiencia fomentando conductas regenerativas, especialmente reduciendo los desperdicios de alimentos e implementando el compostaje como rituales diarios en pos de la justicia ambiental y la acción climática. Antes de mudarse al área metropolitana de DC, Daniela era una planificadora de Basura Cero con la ciudad de Austin, donde administraba su programa de reembolso para el compostaje casero.

Daniela Ochoa Gonzalez will be the lead trainer for the October 20th workshop. Daniela is a trilingual consultant, translator and master composter with more than 14 years of experience facilitating regenerative behavior, specially related to food waste reduction and composting as daily rituals for Environmental Justice and Climate Action. Before moving to the DC metro area, Daniela was a Zero Waste Planner with the City of Austin, where she administered Austin’s home composting rebate program.

Brenda Platt

Director, Composting for Community Initiative
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Washington, DC.

Brenda and her team at ILSR are supporting community-scale composters via forums, webinars, podcasts, guides, policies, training, and more. She has been a home composter for more than 30 years and is a lead trainer for ILSR’s Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Composter Train-the-Trainer Program. In 2017, the US Composting Council awarded her its H. Clark Gregory Award for outstanding service to the composting industry through grassroots efforts. In 2019, BioCycle magazine featured Brenda as one of its organics recycling trailblazers.


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Brenda Platt directs ILSR's Composting for Community project.