BELLOWSFALLS, Vt. – Before Master Gardener Ham Gillett’s Composting Q&A session on Thursday April 15 at 7:00 p.m., drop any backyard compost questions and send them to the Rockingham Library at [email protected] or by calling ( 802) 463-4270. Receiving questions before April 15th provides Ham with the perfect opportunity to collect all inquiries in an efficient and informative manner for the benefit of many. Watching the online video http://okemovalley.tv/virtual-composting-workshop on composting before submitting inquiries is a perfect way for beginners and professionals to find questions they’ve always wanted to ask an expert. When submitting your composting questions to Rockingham Library, you’ll also need to sign up for a Zoom invite to Ham’s Q&A session.

To help residents who wish to do backyard composting, the Southern Windsor / Windham Counties Waste Management District sells Soil Saver composters. To buy one, download the order form at https://bit.ly/3w6eUJd, print it out, and mail it in with a check. If you can’t get a print out, call (802) 674-9235 or email [email protected] A form will be sent to you.

One lucky participant of the Backyard Composting Zoom will receive a free compost bin and kitchen scrap bin on April 15th. This program is sponsored by the Rockingham Library, the American Library Association (ALA), and the Solid Waste Management District of Southern Windsor Windham Counties. It’s free and open to the public.

The Dirt on Composting is part of a series, Resilient Communities: Libraries Responding to Climate Change, at Rockingham Library, sponsored by a grant from the American Library Association. Backyard composting is just one of many ways to become resilient in the face of climate change. Composting leftover food in your own garden will make the landfill space less likely to fill up and reduce the release of greenhouse gases from landfills. Compost also nourishes garden soil. That’s one step closer to having healthy food right at your doorstep.

To receive an invite to this Zoom discussion, email [email protected] or call the library at (802) 463-4270. Leave your phone number and email address. For those who do not have a computer, there is an alternative method to join Zoom over a phone call. Please note that this may incur a telephone charge.