Learn to Compost Leaves at Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27

Kris Major, 509.625.6521

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 9:44 a.m.

The Spokane County Master Composters/Recyclers are once again hosting the semi-annual Compost Fair at the Finch Arboretum on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Fair is being held as part of the Fall Leaf Festival and starts at 11 a.m. Attendees must arrive by 1:30 p.m. to complete all of the activities by the 2 p.m. close.

Participants will learn how to make compost at home out of garden debris, food scraps, and leaves that will start falling from our colorful trees. Activity stations will demonstrate the materials that can be composted, types of bins to use, and how to build and turn a pile. Compost tea brewers, bokashi systems, and composting with worms will also be demonstrated. There will be hands-on experiences as well as great information shared by Spokane County Master Composters/Recyclers.

The Fair is free and open to everyone. Spokane County attendees can receive a free plastic compost bin after completing the learning stations. There is a limit of one bin per household and attendees must show proof of residency. The bins are provided by the County Regional Solid Waste System with grant funds from the Washington Department of Ecology.

The Master Composters/Recyclers are volunteers sponsored by the Spokane County Regional Solid Waste System. This is the 30th anniversary of the MC/Rs in Spokane County and a celebration of the program will take place in the Woodland Center at the conclusion of the Fall Leaf Festival. Alumni, friends and family are invited to reconnect over refreshments.

Also at the Finch Arboretum that day is the Fall Leaf Festival, sponsored by the City of Spokane’s Parks & Recreation Department. Information booths, kids’ activities, and beautiful fall colors await attendees. You can also play in a big pile of leaves!

For more information on the Compost Fair, call 625.6580. The John A. Finch Arboretum is located at 3404 W. Woodland Blvd., at the intersection of Sunset Highway and “F” Street. Don’t let road construction on the Sunset Highway stop you from attending. Signs will direct you to the arboretum.