Compost masterclass

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Cwm Harry as an organisation made its name and reputation composting food waste in the Newtown area. This one day composting masterclass draws heavily of lead researcher and technician of the food waste compost project, Richard Northridge.

As we move into a much more environmentally conscious age the realisation that there is ‘no such thing as waste’ is collectively dawning on every section of industry, farming and the like. Turning un-utilised resources into stable organic compounds which can nourish soil microbes, hold and store water and nutrients turns out to be an essential strategy for business survival and productive efficiency.

We will be based at Treflach farm, on the edge of the Shropshire/ Powys border – a groundbreaking farm which is well on its way to a complete transition to farming with organic and permaculture principles. Farmer Ian Steele is dedicated to finding practical solutions to reducing on farm costs and wastes and is working with us at Cwm Harry to explore his best opportunities.

The full day course will cover the basic principles, explore some of the huge potentials for heat recovery,effective systems set up and we will be doing a large scale practical when we build a large scale heap. this will be monitored and feedback given, so you will get to see the results of the experiments.

Course will also include putting composting as an activity into historical context, discovering ancient compost heaps in classical Greece, the socio-political elements of composting in revitalising Eritrea, etc. Also we will look at the pioneering work of people like May E. Bruce and her work on Quick Return Compost in Cirencester in the Thirties and Ehren Pfeiffer’s work in California in the early Fifties.

Time allowing we will also have a look at the ground breaking work of Jean Pain in France, workign with wood chip compost and the many exciting opportunities opened up by his work.

We choose our words carefully when we say.. Compost is the new black gold!

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I lead on the Cwm Harry Skills and training enterprise, am a qualified teacher and permaculture design tutor and garden designer and project consultant. I write several blogs and am an avid networker and communicator on the subjects of sustainability, transition and co-operatives. I have written an occasional column for Channel4/green and have worked for Channel 4 on their 'Dumped' seriesworked as well as for BBC Wales as a green advisor on their Changing Lives- Going Green series, Nov-Dec 2009. I have been working in sustainable development, on project management and development, teaching, growing and small business development all my life really. I also grew up living and working on farms and have a broad experience working in Britain and Canada and Zimbabwe on sustainable agriculture, grass roots permaculture projects, micro business development and housing and worker co-ops. I have been based in Wales since 1994 and currently live in the Welsh borders.