City of Mesa News Article
Learn backyard composting at free Living Green seminar
By: Kevin Christopher
02/11/14 5:20 PM

Feb. 11, 2014
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699  
Mesa, AZ – Have you ever wondered about the science and art of turning green waste and kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich food for plants and soil? The City of Mesa’s free “Living Green” events series continues Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a seminar on Backyard Composting: Breaking it Down to Basics at the Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road.  The program is co-sponsored by the City of Mesa Environmental and Sustainability Division and Mesa Library.
Presented by Don Titmus, a Mesa resident and horticulturist, the workshop will show you the magic of microbes and other key ingredients for desert composting success and how to avoid “breakdowns” in pile management.  The City will also provide information on its composting and green barrel programs.  Titmus teaches Permaculture around the valley.  He has intentionally created an intentional community at his home where he demonstrates sustainability, holds classes, grows food, harvests rain, lives from the Earth and holds a deep respect for all on it.
The aim of the “Living Green” events is to inform residents about why and how to create a sustainable community, and is part of a larger effort by the City to develop and implement innovative programs to address environmental issues and concerns.  For more information on “Living Green” events or the City’s sustainability efforts, visit or call (480) 644-4400.  
The Living Green series are also part of the creative SciTech adventures that are taking place place statewide in February and March.  Mesa will be hosting a multitude of “Mesa Discovery Trek” programs on topics like 3D printers, solar cooking, speed dating with scientists, monarch migrations and more.  For more information, visit

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