Great, become the greenest neighbor on your block with the NYC Master Composter Certificate Course! You’ll learn about setting up your own compost system, using finished compost and techniques for teaching others about composting. Classes are offered in all five boroughs.
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.
To apply, use the online application (applicants must be NYC residents and of at least 18 years of age).
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:
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.
Master Composter Course Dates
NYC Compost Project hosted by The New York Botanical Garden
Application deadline: February 20, 2014
Class dates and time: 7 Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm, March 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15
Field trips: 2 Saturdays in April 2013, dates TBD
Location: The New York Botanical Garden
NYC Compost Project hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Application deadline: February 14, 2014
Class dates and time: 7 Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 24, May 1
Field trips: Saturday, April 5 & Saturday, May 10, 2014
Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
NYC Compost Project hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center
Application deadline: August 1, 2013
Introductory class: Tuesday, September 24, 6 to 8 pm
Class dates and time: 5 Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Field trips: 2 weekend days in October/November 2013, dates TBD
Location: Neighborhood Preservation Center
NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden
Application deadline: February 7, 2014
Class dates and time: 8 Mondays, 6 to 9 pm, March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 21, 28, & May 5
Field trips: 2 weekend days in Spring 2014, dates TBD
Location: Queens Botanical Garden
NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Application deadline: April 1, 2014
Class dates and time: 7 Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm, April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Feld trips: Castleton Hill Moravian Community Garden & Freshkills Park (dates TBD)
Location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Building P)
Don’t forget to check out the Swap ‘N’ Swap event in Harlem on January 25th, 2014.