with Melanie Files and Rick Lowman
Melanie and Rick have been active gardeners and recyclers for over 25 years. Composting has always been a large part of their gardening practice. Melanie has been a Master Gardener since 2004 and both Melanie and Rick received their Master Composter certification in 2012. They have worked with the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority to start a Master Composter program in the Eastern Panhandle area. Melanie and Rick are both graduates of WVU, and teach composting to garden clubs, elementary/high school students, master gardeners, and other groups.
After the presentation: Tour the garden of Kathy Stokey-Graves directly across the road.
Breakfast begins at 9:00 am followed by the program at 9:30 am. Bring a chair and a breakfast food to share, and garden plants for exchange.
Directions: From Shepherdstown, take Shepherd Grade Road 1.7 miles (Shepherd Grade Road is also known as Scrabble Road on various maps). Turn left onto Scrabble Road 1.9 miles, turn left to stay on Scrabble Road 0.7 miles. The pavilion is on the left at the top of the hill. One can also access the location from Route 45: From Martinsburg, turn left or from Shepherdstown turn right onto Gosling Marsh Road, turn left onto Swan Pond Road 1.0 mile, turn right onto Cedar Lane 1.8 miles, continue onto Cedar Road 0.5 miles, turn right onto Scrabble Road 0.2 miles. Destination is on the right.