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Lessons on Growing Potatoes and Worm Composting

Written by Julian Bass

Willimantic, CT --   On April 29 at 4 p.m., Eastern Connecticut State University will open its new urban garden space behind Burr Hall to offer lessons on how to grow potatoes, and later, compost with worms.  The learning session will focus on demonstrating how to grow food in small urban settings through the use of different containers and vertical spaces. Sessions will be led by Health and Physical Education Professor Mary Ragno and Biology Professor John Landosky. The sessions are free and open to the public.

Landosky and Ragno, along with members of facilities management and planning department, and Eastern's Green Campus Committee, are using the University's former greenhouse to develop a productive green teaching space on the unused area on the University's South Campus. The first session will focus on planting four different kinds of potatoes in three different types of containers. Landosky and Ragno wish to compare harvests and find out which planting styles are most effective for the area.

On May 13, Landosky and Ragno will hold a second session that will teach the public how to create worm composts. Worm composting can be done inside, making it possible for city dwellers to participate.  Worms are also important friends of any garden, and are very effective consumers and recyclers of food and plant wastes. Persons interested in attending should contact Landosky at or Mary Ragno at .


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