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Home front: Backyard composting, Hidden Villa volunteering

Also: A workshop on gardening wisely to help reduce your carbon footprint

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A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a workshop on backyard composting and an orientation for those interested in volunteering at Hidden Villa.

BACKYARD COMPOSTING... Join UC Master Gardener Terri Andre and the City of Palo Alto Saturday, Sept. 7, 10-11 a.m. for a workshop on backyard composting. Learn how to transform food scraps and yard waste into compost and get tips on how to harvest and use your compost. Palo Alto residents can receive a free compost or worm bin by attending this workshop, available while supplies last, one bin per family. The workshop takes place at the Master Gardeners' Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, Eleanor Pardee Park, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. For more information, call the UC Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105 or visit mgsantaclara.ucanr.edu

HIDDEN VILLA VOLUNTEERS... Want to share your love of nature with the next generation? Hidden Villa is offering a five-hour orientation on Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. for volunteers interested in helping out with two of the nonprofit farm's popular programs for children. Must be 18 years or older to volunteer. Morning snacks and beverages will be provided. Bring comfortable clothes, sun protection, walking shoes, water, and a sack lunch. Meet at the Wolken Education Center, Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Register at hiddenvilla.org or by emailing Nicole at hveepvolunteers@hiddenvilla.org.

GARDEN WISELY... Learn about the variety of actions you can take as a gardener to lower your outdoor carbon footprint when the California Native Plant Society hosts the presentation Garden Wisely to Help Global Cooling on Thu, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. held at the Mountain View Library. Speaker Sherri Osaka will be using the book "Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" and other resources. Osaka is a licensed Landscape Architect, Bay Friendly-Qualified designer, and a member of the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Landscape Board. The Mountain View Library is located at 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. For more information, call 650-903-6337 or visit cnps-scv.org.

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