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The Town of North Hempstead offers classes in:

Composting ~ Installing and Using a Rain Barrel ~ Sustainable Yard Care ~

Creating a Rain Garden ~ Native Plant Gardening

Scroll down for more information on each class.

Register for classes online HERE!

 

Composting Program

Composting involves the breaking down of yard and kitchen waste into a rich, dark, type of fertilizer to add to your soil.  It provides many benefits including:

  • Reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills or combustion facilities.
  • Valuable nutrients, improved soil structure, adds beneficial soil micro-organisms and attracts earthworms, suppresses certain plant diseases, reduces the need for fertilizers and pesticides, and helps prevent soil erosion and nutrient runoff.
  • The use of compost tea, or the liquid that drains out of compost, can also provide nutrients, disease suppression, and beneficial organisms to your soil.

This NYC Master Composter Manual provides great details on how to compost.

Town of North Hempstead Composting Classes 

  • Held once a month from April to September
  • The Town of North Hempstead charges residents a discounted price of $50.00 for a composter including a free class at Clark Botanic Garden (193 IU Willets Road, Albertson)
  • This class is offered to Town of North Hempstead residents only (Please bring ID)
  • One composter per household 
  • Residents must take the class to qualify for a composter
  • ONLY CHECK OR CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED (NO CASH) (there is a fee of 2.35% times the charge for credit card use with a minimum fee of $1.50; there is a fee of 1.95% times the charge for debit card use with a minimum fee of $1.50)
  • The class is approximately 30 minutes

Register online here!

You can also sign up for a class or get more information by calling 311 (516-869-6311 from outside the Town) or by e-mailing recycle@northhempsteadny.gov.  

Recycle the Rain (Rain Barrel) Program

This program aims to protect the environment and conserve water, thereby reducing water bills for its residents and preserving Long Island's precious groundwater resources.  Rain barrels are a basin, usually around 50 gallons, which collect rainwater from roofs that can be used for irrigation of lawns and gardens.  They help to prevent stormwater runoff, which can carry pollutants into local waterways.  

Adrienne Esposito of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment stated, “Rain barrels are an effective, inexpensive and meaningful way to encourage residents to become stewards of the environment, protecting our harbors, the Long Island Sound and the Island’s sole source of drinking water, our underground aquifers.  I congratulate the Town of North Hempstead for advancing this program.” 

Town of North Hempstead Rain Barrel Classes

  • Held once a month from April to September
  • The Town of North Hempstead charges residents a discounted price of $50.00 for a rain barrel including a free class at Clark Botanic Garden (193 IU Willets Road, Albertson) 
  • One rain barrel per household 
  • This class is offered to Town of North Hempstead residents only (Please bring ID)
  • Residents must take the class to qualify for a rain barrel
  • ONLY CHECK OR CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED (NO CASH) (there is a fee of 2.35% times the charge for credit card use with a minimum fee of $1.50; there is a fee of 1.95% times the charge for debit card use with a minimum fee of $1.50)
  • Please note that this program only provides the rain barrel (including screen and spigot), but additional equipment may be needed, such as a diverter, a platform to raise the rain barrel and a tool to cut the gutter downspout to the proper size
  • The class is approximately 30 minutes

Here is a helpful site that explains how to install a rain barrel: https://www.treepeople.org/installarainbarrel

Register online here!

You can also sign up for a class or get more information by calling 311 (516-869-6311 from outside the Town) or by e-mailing recycle@northhempsteadny.gov.  

Sustainable Yard Care (New for 2018!)

This class will introduce you to a variety of ways you can make you home yard more environmentally friendly including how to save water, create wildlife habitat, reduce water pollution, use alternatives to pesticides, properly apply fertilizer, and more.  The class will help you make your yard look good while also being healthy for the environment!

Town of North Hempstead Sustainable Yard Care Class

  • This free class is open to anyone interested (including non-residents of the Town)
  • The class is held at Clark Botanic Garden (193 IU Willets Road, Albertson)
  • The class is approximately 90 minutes in length

This class has concluded for 2018.  Please check back next year.

You can also sign up for a class or get more information by calling 311 (516-869-6311 from outside the Town) or by e-mailing recycle@northhempsteadny.gov.  

Rain Garden Program

Rain gardens are specialty gardens that are positioned near a water runoff source, like a gutter downspout, driveway or sump pump to capture stormwater. Rain gardens have many benefits such as:

  • Pollution reduction: filter out contaminants that rainwater can pick up, such as pesticides, oil, fertilizers and animal droppings, which can migrate into our nearby bays and harbors  
  • Aquifer replenishment: water seeps into the ground, which helps to recharge Long Island's groundwater sources where all of our drinking water comes from
  • Wildlife Habitat: A rain garden's use of native plants can provide food and shelter for birds and pollinators, like monarch butterflies, which are in decline

Supervisor Bosworth believes the class "is a wonderful opportunity for residents to learn how to make their own rain garden, while creating a beautiful habitat for birds and beneficial insects. It’s also a great tool for teaching about the importance of water conservation and the need to reduce the pollutants that flow into our stormwater system.” 

Town of North Hempstead Rain Garden Classes 

  • This free class is open to anyone interested (including non-residents of the Town)
  • Classes are held at Clark Botanic Garden (193 IU Willets Road, Albertson)
  • The class is 90 minutes in length and will provide information on how to construct a rain garden and what plants to choose

Register online here!

You can also sign up for a class or get more information by calling 311 (516-869-6311 from outside the Town) or by e-mailing recycle@northhempsteadny.gov.  

Native Plant Garden Program

Native plants are those that historically and naturally occur in an area and tolerate the climate of the local environment.  Gardening with plants native to Long Island is beneficial for many reasons including: 

  • They require less maintenance, including fertilizers, pesticides and watering
  • They provide food and habitat to native birds, mammals, and pollinators, like the monarch butterfly, whose numbers are shrinking
  • They help to reduce flooding due to extensive root systems that take up large quantities of water
  • These extensive root systems also absorb carbon dioxide and can help combat climate change
  • Many have beautiful flowers, colorful fruits and seeds and offer vivid seasonal color changes

Town of North Hempstead Native Plant Garden Classes

  • This free class is open to anyone interested (including non-residents of the Town)
  • Classes are held at Clark Botanic Garden (193 IU Willets Road, Albertson)
  • The class is 1 hour in length and will provide information on how to construct a native plant garden and what plants to choose

Register online here!

You can also sign up for a class or get more information by calling 311 (516-869-6311 from outside the Town) or by e-mailing recycle@northhempsteadny.gov.