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Soil, Compost Focus of Presentations

BETHLEHEM — Did you know soil health is a key component in keeping rivers, lakes, and the Sound healthy. Applying too much fertilizer can lead to algae blooms and bigger problems. Learn more in these upcoming presentations happening in Bethlehem.

The Bethlehem Conservation Commission has partnered with Northwest Conservation Commission to offer two free presentations on soil and compost. The first session is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, February 8, in the Leever Room of the Bethlehem Public Library on Main Street South. Cynthia Rabinowitz, a soil scientist, environmental horticulturist and executive director of Northwest Conservation District, will speak.

She will talk about where soil comes from and how it forms, the different kinds of soils in our area, the importance of soil for plant growth, the microscopic world in the soil that is vital for all plant and animal life and how to improve soil with compost and mulches.

The second part of the series will be presented Saturday, March 21, by Cat Buxton, a busy cross-pollinator and change facilitator from White River watershed Vermont.

Those wishing to register for the first workshop may email

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