County partners with master gardeners to provide virtual classes

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY – Looking for a safe, socially distanced way to learn how to cultivate water-efficient landscaping at home or how to compost at home? The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources hosts free virtual and live classes that can be accessed on any computer, tablet or smartphone.

Attend the Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting class live online Saturday, Nov. 7, or Saturday, Nov. 21, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Learn to use landscape waste to make compost in the backyard and how to turn food waste into plant food using worms.

Attendees can buy compost bins from the county for $12 each with a limit of three per household. Vermicomposting kits are available for $25 through the county or attendees can gather their own materials and get started.

In the gardening classes, University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners share their knowledge and dispense tips and tricks for creating drought-tolerant landscaping. Master Gardeners detail everything from plant selection, soil composition and more – everything needed to create a water-efficient outdoor space at home.

The Green Cleaning classes teach how to make household cleaning supplies without toxic materials, creating less hazardous household waste.

Riverside County Waste Resources available to teach students about composting, recycling and vermicomposting. If a school has a garden, they can online to learn how the county can assign a compost mentor or donate a compost or vermicomposting bin.

The classes can be accessed via the sign-up link found at

The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources provides these free classes to reduce waste and help preserve space in county landfills and to decrease the amount of chemical waste residents bring to the household hazardous waste collection program for processing and disposal.

For more information, call 951-486-3200, visit or email

Submitted by Riverside County Waste Resources.