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For Immediate Release:
June 17, 2015
Media Contact:
Melba C. Gasque

UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension to offer free composting class June 27

(MIAMI, June 18, 2015) – The University of Florida/IFAS Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Miami-Dade Public Works & Waste Management Department, will hold a “Composting is Easy” class and provide compost bins at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 27, at the West Dade Waste Operations Building. This event supports GreenPrint, the community-wide sustainability plan, which has a specific initiative supporting residential composting.

Master Gardener Cindy Dwyer will teach participants everything they need to know about making their own "black gold," which keeps plants healthy. Composting also helps lower carbon footprint: by keeping yard waste and food scraps out of landfills, it reduces the release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Composting also reduces the need for costly chemical fertilizers, improves soil health and helps suppress plant diseases and pests.

The class and bins are FREE. Pre-registration is required, as seating is limited. Participants must be a resident of Miami-Dade County to get a free bin; however, the following areas are not eligible for a free bin: Golden Beach, Florida City, Hialeah Gardens, Virginia Gardens, El Portal, Indian Creek Village and Medley.

WHO:            UF/IFAS Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension
WHAT:           “Composting is Easy” class taught by Master Gardener Cindy Dwyer

WHEN:          Saturday, June 27, at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE:        West Dade Waste Operations Building, 8831 NW 58 Street, Doral, FL
To register or for more information, visit the University of Florida/Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension website, or contact Adrian Hunsberger, University of Florida / IFAS Urban Horticulture Agent, at 305-248-3311, ext. 236 or