The theme for this year's symposium is "What's the Dirt on
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
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
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
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
For additional information, call 786-4993 or email
To register, go to
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