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  • The Worm Count

       

    Worms are the poster child of healthy soil. They are the most efficient and hardworking invertebrates in the soil ecosystem for decomposing dead plants and animals and producing castings rich in organic matter. Worms happily dwell, burrow, and reproduce in soils with adequate moisture and organic matter.

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  • The Nitty Gritty

       

    Are you a visual learner? If you took a big scoop of soil and hand sorted every little crumb into different categories, what would you find? Among many other things, you would probably have separate piles of sand, silt, and clay. The relative size of each pile of sand, silt, and clay would help determine the type of soil you have.

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  • Planting Seeds with Compost

       

    Compost is the perfect boost your soil mix needs to grow big and healthy plants from seeds. Mix 1 part compost to 3 parts potting soil for a super charged seed starting formula. Watch this video to learn how.

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    The staff at StopWaste has decades of experience making compost and we’ve put together some tips to help you choose a compost bin.

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    This flyer lists some of the common materials that can go in your home compost bin.

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  • Gardening from the Ground Up Webinar

       
    Presented on: September 26, 2020
    Hosted by: StopWaste and Fremont LEAF
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  • Backyard Composting Webinar

       
    Presented on: October 17, 2020
    Hosted by: StopWaste and Mills College Community Farm
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    This in-depth guide can answer all of your compost questions. Whether you are an urban farmer, community gardener, or a backyard homesteader, this toolkit supports you in becoming an expert composter.

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    Wondering about the health of your soil? This interactive guide provides activities for you to engage and observe various aspects of your soil. Do just one activity or them all, at a pace that suits you.

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  • Grantee Highlight   

    Founded in Oakland almost 40 years ago, Civicorps runs an extensive job training program for young adults lacking career skills and opportunities, with paid positions in land management and resource conservation. They also offer a high school diploma program for young adults ages 18-26, as well as access to wrap-around support services to help with childcare, housing, legal issues, transportation, and other daily life needs.  

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