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On-Farm Composting
Online Class - Zoom; Farm Walk - Rokalu Farms
Bremerton, WA
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On-Farm Composting
Join WSU Regional Small Farms for our next Dirt Talk event series all about on-farm composting. This is a two-part series for farmers who want to learn more about building, managing, and making high quality compost for use on your farm.  Please see details below for each class. Part 1 is a virtual class while part two is the in-person farm walk.

Kellie Henwood with the WSU Extension Regional Small Farms Program is a certified compost facility operator with the Washington Organic Recycling Council and small farms educator.  

Bob Gilby is the owner of Rokalu Farm in South Kitsap and is a certified compost facility operator with the Washington Organic Recycling Council.  


On-Farm Composting Part 1 - Online Class
Date: May 21st, 2024, from 6pm  7:30pm

This first class will be online with Kellie Henwood, WSU Regional Small Farms Coordinator who will be joined by Bob Gilby of Rokalu Farms. They will be delivering the following topics along with Q&A time for local farmers at the end:  
- Introducing the compost process  what is happening and why?  
- Calculating C:N ratios and overview types of compost systems (windrows, static piles, aeration, enclosed systems)
- Management of composting to reduce pathogens and risk, along with Food Safety considerations (Organic Certification, food and produce safety requirements)
- Overview of a local on-farm compost system
- Troubleshooting common compost pile problems.  
- Farmer Q&A


On-Farm Composting Part 2 - Farm Walk
Date: June 4th, 2024, from 2pm - 4pm

This second class will be in-person at Rokalu Farms in South Kitsap. Bob Gilby, owner of Rokalu Farm, will be going over composting practices implemented on his farm and discussing:
- Troubleshooting common compost pile problems  
- Infrastructure needed
- The farms composting methods (what kind of piles/systems do they make? How much compost is produced?)  
- How they utilize compost on-farm  
- Q&A with Bob and Farmer Networking

Please only register for the farm walk portion of the series if you plan to attend as there is limited space for this event. If you register and are unable to come, we kindly ask that you inform us at least 48 hours before the event so that we may open up registration to other interested farmers.  

If you go to register and there are no spaces available, please email jess.sappington@wsu.edu to be put on our cancellation list.


Online Class - Zoom; Farm Walk - Rokalu Farms (View)
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Bremerton, WA 98337
United States

Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
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Education > Classes

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: WSU Extension
On BPT Since: Sep 16, 2014
Kelli Henwood


WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension office. Reasonable accommodation will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Kellie Henwood (121 Oak Bay Rd, Port Hadlock WA / kellie.henwood@wsu.edu / 360-379-5610 ext. 201) at least two weeks prior to the event.

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