URI Outreach Center to host fall festival, gardening, composting, wellness programs

20130917OutreachCenterGrowing Outside the Plot is a workshop series at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence that provides novice and experienced gardeners and food enthusiasts with easy, affordable and rewarding alternatives to conventional backyard growing practices. The remaining sessions feature “Lasagna Gardening and Herb Spirals” on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m.; “Pairing Plants for Productivity” on Oct. 1 at 5 p.m.; and “Earthbound Raised Beds” on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m.
Fall Gardening School at the URI Botanical Gardens in Kingston continues on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. with sessions on “Gardening for Pollinators” on Sept. 25, “Composting” on Oct. 2, and a “Botanical Garden Tour” on Oct. 9.
The cost of each session of Growing Outside the Plot or the Fall Gardening School is $25.
Those interested in becoming a URI Master Composter are encouraged to attend the two-day training program on Oct. 5 and 19. Each full-day session begins at 8 a.m. and features classroom lectures and field trips, including visits to a commercial composting facility and a worm composting operation in Charlestown, the Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, and R.I. Resource Recovery Corporation in Johnston. Participants must attend both sessions and complete 30 hours of volunteer service to earn the URI Master Composter title.