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NYC Master Composter Certificate Course

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The NYC Compost Project Master Composter Certificate Course is a train-the-trainer program with a community service component. This course was developed by the NYC Compost Project and the DSNY Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling.

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To apply, use the online application (applicants must be NYC residents and of at least 18 years of age).


Master Composter Course Description

The Master Composter Certificate Course requires 18-23 hours of classroom instruction, two field trips, plus 15 hours of supervised community training, and 15 hours of independent projects/community service helping to advance on-site composting in NYC. This course covers the following topics:click to open pdf of course manual

  • the small-scale composting process
  • how to use finished compost
  • how to design and build on-site compost systems
  • techniques for teaching others about composting

For the community service component, participants engage in projects based upon their interests and the goals of the NYC Compost Project. Potential projects might include giving composting classes at schools and civic associations, building compost bins at community gardens, staffing compost info tables, or working at compost demonstration sites.

NYC Compost Project host sites in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island offer the Master Composter Certificate Course every spring and the NYC Compost Project in Manhattan offers the course in the fall.

See upcoming Master Composter course dates for each borough to find out when the next Master Composter course is being held.

To apply, use the online application form (applicants must be at least 18 years of age). After you submit your application, the specified NYC Compost Project site will contact you about upcoming Master Composter trainings.

Course material fee is $40; limited scholarships are available.

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Master Composter Course Dates

NYC Compost Project hosted by The New York Botanical Garden
Application deadline: February 20, 2015
Class dates and time: 7 Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm, dates TBD
Field trips: 2 Saturdays in April 2015, dates TBD
Location: The New York Botanical Garden leaving NYCWasteLess

NYC Compost Project hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Application deadline: February 14, 2015
Class dates and time: 7 Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm, dates TBD
Field trips: 2 Saturdays in Spring 2015, dates TBD
Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden leaving NYCWasteLess

NYC Compost Project hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center
Application deadline: February 14, 2015
Introductory class: dates TBD
Class dates and time: 5 Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm, dates TBD
Field trips: 2 weekend days in October/November 2015, dates TBD
Location: Neighborhood Preservation Center leaving NYCWasteLess           

NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden
Application deadline: February 7, 2015
Class dates and time: 8 Mondays, 6 to 9 pm, March 16, 23, 30, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11
Field trips: 2 weekend days in Spring 2015, dates TBD
Location: Queens Botanical Garden leaving NYCWasteLess

NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Application deadline: March 31, 2015
Class dates and time: 7 Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm, April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28
Feld trips: Castleton Hill Moravian Community Garden & Freshkills Park (dates TBD)
Location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Building P) leaving NYCWasteLess

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