--r A project of Volunteers in Asia Backyard Comgosting by: Helga Qlkowskf Published by: Ecology Center 2179 Wllston Way Berkeley, CA 94704 USA Paper copies are $ 0.50 in the USA, $ 0.86 from o%her countries. .Qxilable from: Emlogy Cente: 2179 Allston ,day Berkeley, CL 94704 USA Reproduced by permission of the Bio-Integral Resource Center. Reproduction of this microfiche document in any form is subject to the same restrictions as those of the original document,
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