Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I work as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun. To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!


Sunday, 13 October 2013

h Energy marketplace event, Hereford


Sat 12th Oct was the start of h.Energy week -, a week long (12th - 20th October 2013) celebration of low impact lifestyles in beautiful Herefordshire



I was there doing my Master Composter and Gardener stuff, along with fellow Master Composter Martin.

I actually got to High Town at  8 30 am to set up the stall and spent all day there, manningthe Compost stall, doing a bit of shopping, looking at the other h. Energy stalls and also looking at the usual Sat market stalls


As usual I had display boards, compost samples, leaflets, information, seeds and seed planting stuff, and some games as well as my Bug eye glasses. These were VERY popular!


This is what it looks like to see the world through insect eyes :)


Same place without the bug eye glasses.


Lots of different campaign and information groups were present. Greenpeace were there, seeking support for the Arctic 30, unjustly imprisoned in Russia 


There were a variety of different events on during the day and it was really good to be involved. The hula hooping was excellent!

The h Energy event opened at 10 am and closed at 4 pm but I got there at 8 30 am and by the time I drove the car round to the square and packed up at the end, it was 5.30 pm so a very long day!

But, I spoke to over 70 people and had a really great time promoting composting, organic gardening and sustainable living. I was also given lots of tea and cake to sustain me during the day by the organisers :)

We are also hosting an Open House as part of h Energy so lots of tidying up is going in here!

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