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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

2018 Master Composter Course Dates

BRONX: NYC Compost Project Hosted by The New York Botanical Garden
Check back for Spring 2018 course dates.

BROOKLYN: NYC Compost Project Hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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MANHATTAN: NYC Compost Project Hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center
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QUEENS: NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden
For the first time, the NYC Compost Project Hosted by Queens Botanical Garden will be offering a second Master Composter course in Far Rockaway in addition to the spring course in Flushing! See dates for each below:

Winter Course

Application deadline: EXTENDED to November 27, 2017
Class dates and time: Saturdays, 10am to 1pm, January 6, 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, and 24.
Field trips: Two field trips (times & locations TBD).
Location: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, NY 11962

Spring Course

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
Class dates and times: Six Wednesdays, 6pm to 9pm, March 21, 28 and April 4, 11, 18, and 25; Two Saturdays, 10am to 1pm, April 7 and April 14.

Field trips: Two field trips (times & locations TBD).

Location: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355

STATEN ISLAND: NYC Compost Project Hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Check back for Spring 2018 course dates.