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Become a Better Composter!
Composting is about recycling organic material back to the soil in a usable form. It’s also about reawakening our awareness of the value of healthy soil in the food web. Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive.
Master Composter Course topics include: Soil and Decomposition Ecology, Biology of Composting, Recipe Design, Disease Control, Site, and Container Selection, VT Act 148, Managing the Compost Process, Troubleshooting, Educational Outreach, Worm Composting
Complete the online course: seven modules, six live online Q&A sessions with instructors, an online course guide, quizzes, final exam (70% or better) and additional course materials.
Read assigned chapters from the course manual
Watch a pre-recorded lecture
Post 1 discussion question
Take module quiz
Attend or watch the recorded live Q&A sessions (Thursdays 6-7 pm)
The online courses are offered statewide through the eXtenion campus website.
The text for this course is the "Vermont Master Composter & NY Master Composter Manual." These manuals are provided to students in an online pdf format only. Students are welcome to download the documents and print it at a local printing company.
The live Q&A sessions are held using video conferencing. These sessions will allow students to interact with on-screen faculty to ask questions, while course lectures are provided as video recordings. The Q&A sessions are also archived.
Volunteering & Outreach, (Track 1 only) Beret Halverson & Cindy Heath, Master Gardener Program
Course Introduction: Self Paced (no live session) All Intro Assignments Due
Introduction to Composting, Mike Ather, Backyard Wilderness
Soil Ecology, Wendy Sue Harper, Consultant and former UVM Lecturer
Using Compost, Mike Ather, Backyard Wilderness
Community Composting, Natasha Duarte, CAV & Athena Bradley, NERC
Vermont Compost Policy, Anne Bijur & Emma Stool, Department of Environmental Conservation, Waste Mgmt
Course Conclusion: Self Paced (no live session)
In-Person session: This is offered in the northern region and in the southern region (same content). This session is required for Track 1 students, but optional for Track 2 & 3 students.
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Full refund up until the course starts. The last drop date is OCTOBER 2nd. Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for the course modules that you have already been given access to on the website. Refer to the Course Syllabus for more information.
Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate should contact Beret Halverson @ email@example.com or 802-656-1777 prior to August 24, 2020.
Lisa Chouinard (802) 656-9562 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Beret Halverson (802) 656-1777 or email@example.com
Cindy Heath, 603-543-1307 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Master Composter is managed by the UVM Extension Community Horticulture program with financial support from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.