How To Become A Master Composter

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Don’t want to wait until spring for the organics waste recycling pilot program to start? Looking to start up a composting project at a local community garden, school, or on your block? Why not become a Master Composter!

The NYC Compost Project Master Composter Certificate Course was developed by the NYC Compost Project and the DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling as a way to “train the trainer.” The program has a community service component that aims to get students out into the community to teach others how to compost.

The course, which is taught in our borough at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, requires 18-23 hours of classroom instruction, two field trips, plus 15 hours of supervised community training, and 15 hours of independent projects or community service. There’s a $40 course material fee, though some scholarships are available.

The course at BBG runs for seven Thursdays from 6-9pm: March 13, 20, and 27; April 3, 10, and 24; and May 1. The field trips are scheduled for two Saturdays, April 5 and May 1.

The application deadline is February 14, and you can apply online here.

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