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Composting Photo Courtesy of Elements Mountain Compost

On Thursday, March 12, county residents are invited to join the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) for its Third Thursdays Lecture Series, to learn how Elements Mountain Compost (EMC) is recycling organic waste and creating high quality soil products in Chaffee County. EMC will provide tips and tricks to start a home composting program including bin design, ingredients, maintenance and more.

The lecture will be from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on March 12 at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 7 Poncha Blvd., in Salida. There will be a follow up educational outing to Elements Mountain Compost at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday March 15 that will last about an hour and a half.

EMC Owner and Operator Julie Machis, the lecture series presenter, says she is dedicated to reducing waste and creating high quality compost. Mach will discuss the art and science of composting: from backyard bins to commercial facilities.

Participants will learn how organic recycling reduces waste and greenhouse gas emissions, and about local composting options for residents, businesses and events plus tips for compost application in yards and gardens. Participants of the tour will get a free sample bag of compost and a dollar off each bag of compost they purchase at the event.

Participants can attend both the lecture and tour or just one of the programs. The cost is $10 for GARNA members and $20 for non-members for the tour and the lecture. Cost for just the lecture is $3 for GARNA members and $6 for non-members. Advanced registration is required for the tour.

To register, visit or contact GARNA’s Community Outreach Coordinator Hillary Fuller at or by calling (719) 539-5106.