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Vermont Master Composter Course - 2014

September 18 to October 9, 2014

Thursday Evenings - 6:15 - 9:00pm

Fee: $40 (fee, dates & time subject to change)

Registration begins mid-July, 2014

(this course is offered every 2 years, and is dependant upon grant funding). To be put on the mailing list for 2014, please send an email to master.gardener@uvm.edu

Composting is a practical, convenient and inexpensive way to turn your yard trimmings and food scraps into a valuable soil amendment. By using compost, you are recycling organic matter from plants back to the soil in a usable form. 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
  • Managing the Compost Process
  • Trouble Shooting
  • Educational Outreach/Partnerships

Master Composter Certification

Students must successfully complete the course, and earn 20 hours as Volunteers in community projects. MC 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 hours.

Locations Around the State

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

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

Missed Classes

Students cannot miss more than one class. Students are expected to purchase a DVD of any missed class. A written summary of that class is required in order to successfully complete the course.

Still have questions?

Phone: 802-656-9562

Email: master.gardener@uvm.edu

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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