Family COMPOSTING Extravaganza! * How-to for Garden & Home Food-Waste

Now in it's sixth season, this is always a popular Summer workshop!

As part of our series of Beginning Gardener Workshops, Janet Lomastro, the doyenne of decomposition, will dig in the dirt once again to show you her unique and sensible 3-bin composting system, in Potsdam, NY.  This time, we're bringing the whole family in on the fun!

But first and foremost, you will leave with a very clear understanding of how to run the simplest, yet high-performing, compost pile with the least amount of effort involved. The group will be versed in the "makin', bakin' and takin'" of yard waste and food scraps, and will create a working pile that you can visit the next week to check on, to see how it's heating up!

This time, this event is being held as part of a fundraiser and educational experience for Janet's daughter Gina Lomastro through her association with HOBY, the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership.  Each staff member (such as Gina) is challenged to raise $100 to support HOBY's activities, which are nonprofit and led by volunteers.  The LLV will share the donations received at this workshop with Gina's group for their fundraising goals. For more details* see the information provided at the end of this page.

BONUS TOUR of Janet's wonderful riverside perennial garden landscape is included.


  • Picking flower bouquets!
  • Outdoor finger painting - lets kids get messy outside!
  • Bug collecting!
  • Make your own worm farm!
  • Nature scavenger hunt!
  • Children can help build the compost pile with adults, volunteers will be around to help them so they can contribute in a fun and helpful way!


Family COMPOSTING Extravaganza! * How-to for Garden & Home Food-Waste
Saturday, May 30, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Janet Lomastro is a lactation specialist currently employed in Potsdam, but she is engaged in creating rich, lovely compost every minute that she is able so she can to supplement her beautiful riverside gardens.  She will share with you the secrets (otherwise known as biology, but in laypersons terms) of creating rich, gorgeous compost at your home!

In Potsdam, NY.  Exact details, including the workshop location and directions, will be included in the RSVP Confirmation sent to all registered participants.

Due to limited space, you will need to register for this hands-on workshop in advance.  There will likely be a wait list (first-come, first served if there are cancellations), so please register soon! 


  • For this unique learning experience, a $17 general public, $10 student donation is requested to cover overhead expenses and to benefit Local Living Venture non-profit workshop creation.
  • Donations can be made by cash or check to "Local Living Venture" and will be collected on site during registration. Reduced Rate / Scholarships are available upon request.
  • Please note that our generous Presenters are volunteers donating their time to support the Local Living Venture, and this is a major means of support for our community organization.

Send email to or call (315) 347-4223 to reserve a spot.
Please note the number in party, contact phone number and email address when reserving.
Email confirmation will be sent to all registrants within 24-48 hours (or on Monday if a weekend.)

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THE  Local Living Venture  MISSION
The Local Living Venture coordinates near-weekly Resourceful Living Skills Workshops, sharing traditional rural and simple living skills for a healthy and capable community.
We collaborate in presenting these life-long learning events with generous community members who have skills and knowledge to share. 
Our brand new website, at, is made possible by a grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Local Living Venture
Our first ever Composting Workshop (and only the second workshop ever coordinated by the LLV!) June 19, 2010.

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* More about HOBY

HOBY is a weekend seminar for high school students that promotes leadership and community service through fun activities and local volunteering projects.

"Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students. HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences."

From Gina Lomastro:  My specific role is a facilitator-in-training. I work with a group of 10-12 high school sophomores throughout the seminar. My main role is to lead de-briefing discussions after leadership games and activities that they do in a big group to get them thinking about what they learned, why it is important, and how they can take it back home with them and use the skill/idea they developed to make a change in their community. My personal belief that I try to help the students realize is that while huge volunteer projects are great, volunteering and making a difference in peoples's lives doesn't need to happen like that every time. Spending a few hours a week doing smaller activities can still make a big difference.

May 30th, 2015 10:00 AM   through   12:30 PM

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