Learn how to enrich soil by composting on Feb. 22

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Spring is almost here, a time when home gardeners start paying attention to the quality of their soil.

Learn all about soil health and how to compost to create rich humus at a workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 22, sponsored by Raritan Headwaters, the region’s nonprofit watershed watchdog. The program will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairview Farm wildlife preserve at 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster.

Priscilla Hayes, president of the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts, will share her expertise in food waste recycling and soil health.

The program fee is $20 per person for the general public, and $15 for certified “River-Friendly” residents. Advance registration is required. To register, go tohttps://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07edkkxdlu4d3e5f9e&oseq&c&ch.

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Composting is a natural process that decomposes organic plant and animal matter and transforms it into humus, which can be used to enrich soils. Materials such as kitchen scraps, leaves and yard trimmings, paper, wood, manures, and the remains of agricultural crops all have the potential to be composted.

All who attend the workshop will receive a kitchen countertop container to collect scraps and a “Rott Wheeler” compost information wheel. Hayes will teach attendees how to compost in small spaces like balconies or garages, how to minimize work and get the best results, and how to avoid odors.

The composting workshop is part of a series of educational programs being held in conjunction with the award-winning “River-Friendly” program, which teaches local residents, businesses and schools how to protect clean water.

In December, Raritan Headwaters and its partners – the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and the New Jersey Water Supply Authority – won the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for the River-Friendly program.

Other upcoming River-Friendly workshops offered by Raritan Headwaters include:

•             Rainwater Harvesting on Wednesday, March 22

•             Let’s Get Native! on Wednesday, April 26

For more information on the River-Friendly program and how individuals, schools and businesses can become certified, visit www