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11th annual Central Illinois Composting Symposium

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[January 30, 2014]  SPRINGFIELD Lincoln Land Community College's Green Center is hosting the 11th annual Central Illinois Composting Symposium on Feb. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. Registrations are being accepted now.

The theme for this year's symposium is "What's the Dirt on Composting?"

Jen Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council will provide the keynote presentation and discuss what is happening with compost in Illinois in terms of policy and practice and where compost is headed.

A Build Your Own Bin workshop is being offered for participants to learn more about vermicomposting and to construct their own vermicomposting bin for use at home, work or school.

Symposium presenters include educators and experts from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, Better Earth, Illinois Recycling Association, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, and Southern Illinois University.

The symposium is a forum for sharing composting information, stimulating the composting market, and bringing composters, educators and businesses together so that everyone can benefit from learning about this excellent organic soil amendment and materials management method. Participants learn about composting organic materials and resources to help them be successful composters.

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Symposium registration is $30 before Feb. 5 or $35 after Feb. 5. The symposium is free to students with a valid ID. Lunch is only guaranteed for those who register by Feb. 5. Registration for the Build Your Own Bin workshop is $15.

Businesses or organizations related to composting or gardening are invited to exhibit at the symposium. Exhibitor space is $55, which includes one registration to the symposium (Build Your Own Bin not included). Also, live worms and a variety of composting books will be available for purchase. Cash and checks only; no credit cards accepted.

The symposium is sponsored by the LLCC Green Center, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, University of Illinois Extension, city of Springfield's Division of Waste and Recycling, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Environmental Council and Illinois Recycling Association.

For additional information, call 786-4993 or email To register, go to

[Text from file received from University of Illinois Extension]

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