SLOCAVORE Cal Poly Program - Exploring Organics, Compost, and Soils 9am – 1pm

Organic foods have comprised one of the fastest growing sectors of the US food industry for over two decades, yet many people are not aware that the roots of the modern organic ag movement date back nearly a century. This workshop will explore the evolution of organic agriculture and what it means for food to be “organically certified.” It will also introduce leading pioneers of the organic movement, many of whom stressed the importance of maintaining healthy soils in agricultural systems. Next, participants will take a closer look at the science behind and role of soils. Finally, participants will learn how humans mimic natural soil processes through composting and receive instruction on how to set up their own home composting system. The class will end with a tour of the Cal Poly Compost Unit, the nation’s largest university composting operation. This will be a wonderful opportunity for consumers, foodies and gardeners alike to gain a better appreciation for the growing interest behind organics, compost and their soil foundation. Cost is $45. http://slocavore.calpoly.edu/