Zazueta, who runs the community garden on Yucca and Sixth streets in El Centro and holds workshops around the community, showed how to make compost for gardens at the Neighborhood House Farmers Market, held Saturday morning. The farmers market is held the first Saturday of the month at the Mission Thrift Store on Third Street.
“Brown, green, water and air. That’s how we make compost at the farmers market fair,” he said to the crowd surrounding the hay and compost.
The goal is to really get people to start growing their own healthy fruits and vegetables, Zazueta said. The event Saturday attracts a certain group of people, but the support for that type of project in Imperial County is growing.
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“We’re feeding the soil,” he said. “When the soil’s healthy, the plants are healthy.”
Composting is about getting people’s lives put together in a way that is healthier for children and grandchildren, said Gabby Guerrero, 43, of El Centro, who watched Zazueta work Saturday.
“It’s bringing back what our grandparents taught us for a better environment for the earth,” she said. “It goes both ways for the people and for the earth.”
Guerrero just purchased a home, and wants to go green, she said. She came out Saturday to see what types of things people do in the fields, and bring that to her home garden.
Bill Willard has similar aspirations, wanting to do composting for his home garden. For him, he said, gardening is relaxing, peaceful.
He plans to start up his own composting bin and growing vegetables and flowers next winter, he said. Willard went out to Saturday’s farmers market not only to learn more about composting, but also to support the monthly farmers market.
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