Library of Local, Back to Nature: Composting

  • Sunday, April 28, 2024, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Roe Jan Community Library, in partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties, is sponsoring a series of three "Back to Nature" seminars conducted by Master Gardener Volunteers who are all well-versed in their subject matter.

To gardeners, compost is black gold. Compost is generated from biodegradable waste. Amending your soil with compost improves your soil by providing nutrients, helping retain moisture, balancing the PH, suppressing disease, and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. During this presentation by Master Gardener Volunteer Tammy Rusoff, we will cover the biochemistry of composting, what to include in the mix, types of containers or bins, and how to avoid problems. You will learn how to generate compost from different sources.

Tammy was born and raised in Minnesota and is now a resident of Ghent. She has a master’s degree in social work. She moved to NYC and continued her work for a total of 20 years. Upon her retirement, she became a master gardener volunteer 11 years ago. She became interested in gardening following her husband’s passion for gardening. While his interests focused on flowers, trees, and shrubs, Tammy took a different path, focusing on nutrition and health, growing vegetables, composting, soils, and landscape design using native plants.

To register or for any questions, please contact the Roe Jan Community Library at 518-325-4101 or director@roejanlibrary.org, or Xandra Powers, Community Horticulture Coordinator for CCE, at 518-622-9820 x106 or amp422@cornell.edu. 




Xandra Powers
Community Horticulture Coordinator
518-828-3346 x106


Roeliff Jansen Community Library
9091 Route 22
Hillsdale, NY 12529

Last updated March 11, 2024