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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 18 to 23 hours of classroom instruction, two field trips, and 30 hours of compost-related fieldwork.

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.

Apply for the Master Composter Certificate Course (applicants must be NYC residents and be at least 18 years old).

Master Composter Course Dates

NYC Compost Project hosted by The New York Botanical Garden
Application deadline: February 20, 2016
Class dates and time: 8 Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm, March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17
Field trips: 2 Saturdays in April, 10 am to 4pm (TBD)
Location: The New York Botanical Garden • Watson Education Building

NYC Compost Project hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Application deadline: February 12, 2016
Class dates and time: 7 Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm, March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, May 3
Field trips: 2 weekend day trips in Spring 2016
Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

NYC Compost Project hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center
Application deadline: February 9, 2016
Class dates and time: 8 Wednesdays, 6 to 9pm, March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13 20, May 4, 11
Field trips: 2 Saturdays in Spring 2016
Location: Neighborhood Preservation Center

NYC Compost Project hosted by Queens Botanical Garden
Application deadline: February 7, 2016
Class dates and time: 6 Wednesdays, 6 to 9pm, March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20; 2 Saturdays 10am to 1pm April 2 and 9
Field trips: Friday, April 15th, 9am to 3pm
Location: Queens Botanical Garden

NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Application deadline: April 1, 2016
Class dates and time: 7 Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
Field trips: 2 trips (Dates, Times & Location TBD)
Location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Building P)