Andrea Lawseth will be one of the instructors of a North Island College workshop on managing soil and manure for farmers and backyard gardeners.

Manage manure and compost

Caring for soil is part of being a steward of the land, and North Island College is offering a workshop

Caring for soil is part of being a steward of the land, and North Island College is offering a workshop on managing soil and manure for farmers, landowners and backyard gardeners with the environment in mind.

On Tuesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., learn about managing manure compost, and tips for pasture management that can reduce feed costs and minimize the need for chemical amendments.

“We will discuss pasture management techniques including weed management, seed selection, rotational grazing, practical manure management tips, regulations, and composting techniques to create your own black gold,” says instructor Andrea Lawseth of Agroecological Consulting.

“Your animals are literally what they eat, and through proper pasture care, you can maintain their health and well-being,” Lawseth adds. “For horse owners, boarders, or small-lot farmers, this workshop will be a heap of help.

“Gardeners or people with manure-producing animals will also benefit from tips to avoid smelly compost piles riddled with flies. Your soil and your neighbours will thank you.”

In addition to proper pasture and manure management techniques, participants will learn effective ways to manage composting systems.

Did you know, adding organic matter to soil through composting, helps sequester carbon, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.

In addition to mitigating the greenhouse effect, adding organic matter to soil enhances its fertility and provides more nutrients for crops.

It also increases total water retention from 30 per cent to as much as 300 per cent, which means cleaner water and reduced leaching.

Register for the Lettuce Grow series of courses or workshops online at www.nic.bc.ca