NMC-CREES to host composting seminar

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Solly Takai-Nakamura of Northern Marianas College CREES demonstrates what can and cannot be included in a compost pile yesterday at the NMC CREES agricultural farm in As Perdido. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

Learn how to make your own compost.

The Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research, Extension, and Education Service will be hosting a composting seminar to encourage homeowners to make their own compost with materials readily available at home.

Composting is a process of mixing together waste and decaying vegetables until it turns into a dark, nutrition-rich, and productive soil. Gardeners typically use compost to feed vegetation and to aid vegetation growth.

According NMC-CREES agriculture extension agent Solly Takai-Nakamura, the NMC-CREES workshop will introduce composting to the public. It will be held this Saturday, March 17, from 9am to 11am, is free of admission, and open to the public.

“The workshop will touch on the basics of composting like what goes into a compost bin, what goes in a compost pile, what not to put in a compost pile, how to troubleshoot your compost bin, and so on,” she said.

Takai-Nakamura said that having a compost bin is beneficial to homeowners because it helps get rid of table scraps in a way that is helpful to the environment.

“It’s a way to just recycle household waste rather than burning it or dumping it in a landfill,” she said.

Takai-Nakamura is urging the community to come out to NMC this Saturday to take part in the workshop and learn more about composting and its benefits.

A compost pile usually consists of basic, everyday household materials that are typically thrown away. With composting, materials such as egg shells, newspapers, tea bags, coffee grounds, and more can be incorporated into nutrients that are safe for the environment and can benefit growth in plants.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.

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