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Free workshops set for livestock owners

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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The Mason Conservation District announces a free, three-part workshop series that will help livestock owners realize the many benefits of utilizing the manure their livestock produce.

"We'll help you identify techniques for composting that manure and even learn how to build a compost structure that fits the needs and size of your operation," says Kirsten Workman from the conservation district.

The series will culminate in a field trip to local farms in the Oakland Bay watershed that are already composting their manure with success. This workshop series is free and there will be door prizes and other exciting "freebies" for participants, including a free compost cover for participants who attend all three workshops.

All workshops are on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.jfl. at the conservation district office, located at 450 W Business Park Road at the Port of Shelton's Sanderson Industrial Park.

Workshops are scheduled as follows:

On March 23: Turning Waste into Wealth. Composting your livestock manure to benefit your property, your animals and your pocketbook.

On April 20: Designing and Building Compost Structures for Livestock Manure.

On May 11: Compost Happens! Making good compost with proper techniques and what to do with your finished compost.

A bonus field trip on Saturday, May 15, will take participants on a tour of compost structures on farms in the Oakland Bay watershed ... cattle manure, pig manure, horse manure and more. Talk to the landowners who built these structures, see composting in action and get hands-on advice from district engineering staff. Space is limited.

For more information or to register for all or any of the workshops, contact Workman at the Mason Conservation District at (360) 427-9436, Extension 14 or Space is limited, so sign up early.

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Original Publication Date: March 18, 2010

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