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Master Composter Certificate Program

The NYC Compost Project Master Composter Certificate Program is an advanced composting course that trains a select group of New Yorkers every year to support, develop, and maintain community-based composting projects across all five boroughs. The course requires 24 hours of classroom instruction, two field trips, 30 hours of compost-related fieldwork, and a final project.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Soil, decomposition, and compost science.
  • How to design and build a variety of compost systems suitable for urban areas.
  • How to start and manage a composting project in your community.
  • How to use finished compost.
  • Techniques for teaching others about composting.

Eligibility: Applicants must be NYC residents and be at least 18 years old.

Fee: There is a course material fee of $40; limited scholarships are available.

Application: Apply for the Master Composter Certificate Course

2017 Master Composter Course Dates

BRONX: NYC Compost Project Hosted by The New York Botanical Garden
Application deadline: February 20, 2017
Class dates and time: 8 Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm, March 28; April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
Field trips: 2 Saturdays in April, 10 am to 4pm (dates & locations TBD)
Location: The New York Botanical Garden • Watson Education Building

BROOKLYN: NYC Compost Project Hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Application deadline: February 1, 2017
Class dates and time: 8 Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm, March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18
Field trips: 2 weekend day trips in Spring 2017 (dates, times & locations TBD)
Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

MANHATTAN NYC Compost Project Hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center
Application deadline: February 1, 2017
Class dates and time: 8 Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm, March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18
Field trips: 2 Saturdays in Spring 2017 (dates, times & locations TBD)
Location: Sixth Street Community Center

QUEENS: NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden
Application deadline: February 5, 2017
Class dates and time: 6 Wednesdays, 6 to 9pm, March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, and 2 Saturdays, 10am to 1pm, April 1 and 8
Field trips: 2 weekend day trips in Spring 2017 (dates, times & locations TBD)
Location: Queens Botanical Garden

STATEN ISLAND: NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Application deadline: March 31, 2017
Class dates and time: 8 Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm, April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 1
Field trips: 2 weekend day trips Saturday, April 29, and a second date TBD (times & locations TBD)
Location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden