Master Composter Program
BE A CERTIFIED MASTER COMPOSTER!
LEARN — How to build compost piles, how to use compost to improve your garden, the difference between good and bad insects, how worms eat garbage, and much more.
HAVE FUN — Make friends, share a common interest, take gardening and composting tours, join us for potluck dinners.
GIVE BACK — Educate your friends, neighbors, kids, teachers and community on the value of composting and vermicomposting (with worms).
NO FEE — The Program is FREE and includes training, a compost manual, compost books and other materials.
The Master Composter Program is designed to extend composting information to the public through volunteers who have successfully completed a comprehensive training program. This free educational program is made available through the County of San Mateo.
Master Composters agree to give back to the community a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service in the form of approved educational outreach throughout the County. This can be done in a variety of ways such as giving workshops at schools, community centers, staffing a booth at the County Fair or writing a news release for a paper.
- Program overview and basics of composting
- Composting methods and processes; bin and pile building demonstration
- Composting methods and processes; advanced
- Compost biology: The soil foodweb and the biology of composting
- Compost harvesting and use
- Vermicomposting: life cycle, biology, set-up of various bins
- Vermicomposting: biology, maintenance/feeding, harvest and use
- The other 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Program includes optional class field trip (to be announced), class graduation and Volunteer Awards Event