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QBG Reaching Out to Chinese Community with Mandarin-Language Compost Workshop
 

Saturday March 3, 2012

CONTACT:   
Diane Chang – Workshop Leader
347-827-1728 (Chinese language)

Gina Baldwin – Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800, ext. 222 (English language)
gbaldwin@queensbotanical.org

Flushing, NY – February 27, 2012 – On Saturday, March 3, 2012, Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) will welcome the Chinese-American community to a composting workshop conducted in Mandarin Chinese.

The workshop will be led by Flushing resident and Master Composter Diane Chang. A green enthusiast and active participant in QBG events, Chang sees the workshop as an opportunity to supplement the outreach efforts of organizations like the NYC Compost Project and Queens Botanical Garden that might normally have difficulty engaging the Asian-American community.

“I think … Asian people have a basic composting concept from their upbringing,” says Chang, but believes that for some members of the Asian-American community, unfamiliar U.S. laws and regulations may pose a barrier. “That’s why I want to help them understand and raise awareness of the importance of composting here.”

The Garden hopes to continue offering educational opportunities of this kind that expand the number of Queens residents benefitting from its services. “We encourage our MC’s (Master Composters) to reach out to folks in their communities,” says QBG Compost Coordinator Jennifer Kline, “and we try to choose MC’s who have skills that are important for outreach such as language skills or education backgrounds.”

For more information about the March 3rd Mandarin-language composting workshop, please feel free to call Gina Baldwin at (718) 886-3800, ext. 222 or email gbaldwin@queensbotanical.org. You may also direct your questions (in English or Chinese) to Diane Chang at (347) 827-1728.


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