Living Lab Workshop–Mission

We offer the Living Lab Workshops in the spring and fall of each year.  Most are hands on demonstrations and talks meant to show how our compost program at the landfill “closes the loop.”  This phrase is used in the composting world to explain how food is grown in soil, prepared and eaten and if then turned into compost and used, again, to grow more food.

Other workshops explain how mushrooms and fungi help break down organic matter into humus or how chickens and other livestock help to make nutrient rich soil.

This season, spring 2016, we are including a reduce and reuse component to our workshops.  Most will show how materials diverted from the landfill can be repurposed for other uses–for instance, pallets turned into raised beds, bricks turned into a compost pile, logs that decay to form the nutrients and water supplying the garden bed that covers them.

Come check them out!   Call Jack Johnson, 429-2885, for more information.

News from the Living Lab Workshop

Kevin and Diana, pictured here, attended our “How to build a self wicking raised garden bed w/ repurposed materials” demonstration. Then they went home and used materials diverted from our landfill to build TWO of their own. They used packing pallets, our gravel and compost and with screws and some pvc soon had a great bed to start their spring garden. For more information on how to build such a garden, contact Kim Doyle Wille of Growing Empowerment.Raised bed image


April 16

Seed and Compost Giveaway–“Prep your Garden” talk

April 23

Build Your Own Self-Wicking Raised Garden Bed

May 7

Build Your Own Keyhole Garden demonstration

May 28

Hugelkulture Compost Pile–demonstration

June 4

Sowing, Planting, and Transplanting at Altitude—aka Gardening 101

June 11

Field Day at Cozy Point

Join our instructor, Kim Doyle Wille of Growing Empowerment, to learn more about alternative methods of composting, traditional and RFV specific gardening methods and tips and more!  For more information,  call Jack Johnson at 970-429-2885

Except for Field Day, June 11, all Living Lab Workshops will be at the Pitkin County Landfill, mile marker 32, on Highway 82. 

All workshops begin at 9:15am and will last at least three hours.