Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Master Composter Series 2015!

A guest blog from Mary Dudley of the Civic Garden Center

Cincinnati has spent the past few months shivering but there are some areas in our yards that are literally steaming with activity!

If you have a compost pile outdoors (or inside) you are headed in the right direction for a sustainable planet. The Civic Garden Center is hosting a Master Composter series this March for all interested in learning more about this amazing process. The mission of this training series is to teach local gardeners, teachers and facility personnel advanced practices in composting so they can practice sustainable methods and share this information with the community.

This series includes 20 hours of intensive composting instruction. Tuesday evening lectures will cover the details of soil science, a variety of composting methods, strategies for overcoming challenges and how to share your knowledge with our local community. Evening lectures will be complemented by Saturday morning field study sessions. These morning sessions will introduce participants to large scale composting operations in the Cincinnati area.

The final piece to obtaining certification as a Master Composter is the completion of 30 volunteer hours in which participants pass on their knowledge and contribute to local composting projects.

A small fee of $30 includes 10 hours of classroom instruction, 10 hours of field study experience and the opportunity to earn certification with perfect attendance and successful completion of 30 documented volunteer hours. Please note that this is an advanced course, some basic composting knowledge is expected.

There are two steps involved with signing up for the Master Composter series. One step is the completion of an application and pre-test which will be emailed to you (send initial email to The second step is to register for the course through our website (link below, just be scroll down to "March" and you'll see the link to register).

Tuesday evening lectures: March 10, 17, 24 & 31.
Saturday morning field study sessions: March 14, 21, 28 & April 4.

Don’t miss your chance to join this unique opportunity! Contact Mary Dudley at for more details. The last day to register is 3/13/15 by 5pm.

Class will be held annually so if you would like to be notified in the future send an email to