MAHASKA COUNTY — The Mahaska County Master Gardeners are hosting a Earthworm Casting/vermicomposting (composting by worms) speaker at 6:30 p.m.on Tuesday, Feb. 11. at Mahaska County Extension Office, 212 North I Street Oskaloosa.
Traci Dow-Wyatt and Michael Wyatt are co-owners of Central Iowa Organic Fertilizer, a small family owned and operated business in Indianola, Iowa. They will talk about their operation, which produces OMRI Listed worm castings. They care for about 750,000 worms and produce a cubic yard (about a ton) of castings every three days.
Worm castings feed plants, stimulate growth and improve soil while still remaining odor-free and safe for children and pets. They are an organic alternative to synthetic NPK fertilizers. Their product is available direct or at many central Iowa garden suppliers.
This event is free, open to the public and for anyone wishing to learn about the topic. Prior registration is not required but appreciated.
To register please call the Mahaska County Extension office 641-673-5841 or email Suzette Striegel, Mahaska County Extension Horticulturist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mahaska County Master Gardeners are celebrating their 17th year. The local program organized after the county held their first training. The educational volunteer program, sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, provides current, research based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through programs and projects.
Master Gardeners receive horticulture training, and volunteer to promote a mission of education and service. The program is open to anyone 18 or older with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on their local community.
More information about this and other horticulture events can be found at the Mahaska County Extension Office; 212 North I Street; Oskaloosa Phone 641-673-5841; and www.extension.iastate.edu/mahaska/yardgarden.htm.