Organic gardening workshop set in advance of Earth Day

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Spring has sprung, and Hamilton County’s Soil and Water Conservation District employees are ready to help residents.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13, staff from the HCSWCD will conduct an organic gardening workshop at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville.

The workshop is for anyone looking to start an organic garden or transition an from a non-organic garden. Staff will teach attendees how to develop a plan for their property, which goes beyond just avoiding synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.

Across the six hours, participants will learn about soil health, cover crops, pest management, sourcing organic products and more. The main goal is to learn how to create a holistic ecosystem in your yard.

Each year, the HCSWCD offers similar events as part of its Sustainability Series, in conjunction with Purdue Extension Hamilton County and Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District.

“Each year, we focus on a different sustainable living topic, and we think a holistic organic gardening approach is central to sustainability,” said Claire Lane, HCSWCD Urban Conservationist. “This workshop is great because it is not just about receiving great information but also developing a plan to implement it on your property, so we focus on providing access to expert speakers so attendees can ask specific questions regarding their property and get advice.”

The registration fee is $20, which includes lunch. To register, visit hamiltonswcd.org. Anyone with questions should contact Lane at Claire.lane@hamiltoncounty.in.gov or 317-773-2181.

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