University of Vermont

Register by September 15 for Master Composter Course

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Burlington--Registrations close Sept. 15 for the Vermont Master Composter course, a six-week online course that begins Sept. 26.

The course, offered through the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener program, costs $50. The registration link and details can be found at

Participants will learn how to be a backyard composter with the help of seven online modules, including four with live interactive question and answer sessions. Topics are the biology and process of composting, site and container selection, "recipes" for compost, troubleshooting, compost for disease control, worm composting and Vermont's new universal recycling law.

Course graduates may seek certification as a UVM Extension Master Composter. Only Vermont residents are eligible and must complete 20 or more hours on community or school composting projects within a two-year period. These volunteer hours also may be used to meet the requirements for Extension Master Gardener certification.

This commitment may be fulfilled by staffing exhibits at public events, writing newspaper articles, giving a presentation or assisting with a UVM Extension Master Gardener project that has a composting component. All certified Master Composters are expected to provide a minimum of five hours of community outreach every year.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program office at (802) 656-9562 by Sept. 15.