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Taught by Claudia Shimkus

Cost:  $50

This one day course will be on Living Soil - covering the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of organisms that are living in the soil. 

Claudia will also dive into Worm Composting; basics of setting up a worm composting bin, harvesting and using worm compost.  She will cover Compost Extract;  basics of making and applying compost extract.

We will build a worm bin for our farm so hands on experience!

Claudia is hoping that everyone will be able to read the following book before the class – “Worms Eat My Garbage” by Mary Applehof

Claudia spent 40 years in a career as a registered nurse.  She is a lifetime gardener with an interest in non-toxic, nutrient dense food.  She has been a hay farmer since 2008.  She received her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2015.

Claudia began training with Dr. Elaine Ingham in 2014;  Life in the Soil, Thermal and Worm Composting, Compost Extract and Compost Tea, and Soil Microscopy.  She is a serious composter!    For more info on Dr. Ingham you can go to her website

What to Bring:

*Sack lunch and water bottle(Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided)

*Sturdy Shoes that can get wet

*Rubber Gloves(optional) for digging into the worm castings


*Layered clothes – We will be working both outdoors and in the greenhouses which could get warm in the afternoon.

*Sack full of Paper/Cardboard/Newspaper

*Our soaking pool will be available after the class from 5pm – 6pm.  Bring a bathing suit and a towel if you’d like to partake.


 Location:  Onsen Farm * 4799 B River RoadBuhl, ID 83316 208/720-0673

Space is limited so sign up early!  To reserve your spot please mail $50 to Onsen Farm and include your phone number and email.




Earlier Event: March 25
Later Event: July 22