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Vermont Master Composter Course - 2015
Fall 2015 - Dates to be determined

Thursday evenings - 6:15-9:00pm

Fee: $40 - subject to change (includes four classes, an online course guide & add'l. materials)

Requests for a printed online course guide & materials is an add'l: $10 fee

(UVM Extension encourages people to go paperless whenever possible in order to reduce any negative environmental impacts)

Registration information will be available Summer 2015

Please email to be placed on the mailing list for the 2015 course.

Interested in learning how to turn food scraps and yard trimmings into compost for healthier, nutrient rich soil for your garden, lawn, trees or even houseplants? Wondering how the new Vermont Universal Recycling Law will impact you? Then register now to become a Vermont Master Composter! By using compost, you are recycling organic matter from plants back to the soil in a usable form. Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive. If you have a garden, lawn, trees or house plants - you have a use for compost!

This 4-session course is an in-depth study of backyard composting. Your instructors are professionals within Vermont's green industry. Following are a few of the comments provided by the Class of 2012 students.

"Wonderful course! Thank you UVM for supporting this type of extension learning and community involvement. Great lecturers, a well rounded agenda across the 4 classes, and a perfect lead-in to the Master Gardener program next Spring!"
"Great course! Well organized, going from the microscopic to the global issues. Great instructors. Very inspiring. Many thanks to all involved!
"I truly enjoyed the class and feel I am much more knowledgeable on the benefits and process of composting. I look forward to applying the knowledge gained in my own backyard composting, as well as sharing this knowledge with others."

Topics Covered

  • Biology of Composting
  • Worm Composting
  • Recipe Design
  • Compost Use for Disease Control
  • Site and Container Selection
  • VT's New Universal Recycling Law
  • Managing the Compost Process
  • Trouble Shooting
  • Educational Outreach/Partnerships

Master Composter Certification

Although not required, upon successful completion of the course, students may volunteer for community or school composting projects in order to become a certified Vermont Master Composter. A total of 20 volunteer hours, completed within a two year period, is needed to earn certification, as well as completion of an open book certification exam with a score of 70% or better. Upon completion of these two tasks, the intern will receive their certification letter, certificate, hat and badge. Interns will receive support and guidance from the UVM Home Horticulture Program. Though these programs are separate, Extension Master Composter volunteer hours can also be applied as Extension Master Gardener volunteer hours.

In addition to learning how to make their own compost, participants will be qualified to provide information to others through talks and displays at fairs, farmers' markets and other outlets. They also will be able to assist with UVM Extension Master Gardener projects that have a composting component.

Locations Around the State

This course will be offered statewide via Vermont Interactive Technologies. Visit for more details.

  • Bennington
  • Brattleboro
  • Johnson
  • Lyndon
  • Middlebury
  • Montpelier
  • Newport
  • Randolph Center
  • Rutland
  • Springfield
  • St. Albans
  • White River Jct.
  • Williston


Admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tuition is $40.00 (subject to change). This fee includes four classes, an online course guide, and additional instructor materials. For requests of a printed course guide & materials, an additional fee of $10 is required. (UVM Extension encourages people to go paperless whenever possible in order to reduce any negative environmental impacts)

Refund Policy

Tuition fee is non-refundable.

Enrollment Confirmation

Online registrations will receive a confirmation ticket with a link to directions to your class location immediately after registering. There is no need to print and bring this ticket with you. Mail in and/or phone in registrations will receive a confirmation via email.

Still have questions?

Phone: 802-656-9562


Vermont Master Composter is managed by UVM Extension Master Gardener with financial and technical support from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Waste Management Division. UVM Extension Master Gardener is an integral part of the University of Vermont Extension Home Horticulture Program.

Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Vermont Extension, Burlington, Vermont. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability,political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.




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