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October 19, 2010 > Master composter training program

Master composter training program

Submitted By Zachary DeVine

The Santa Clara County Master Composter Training Program is accepting applications for its 2011 class. People interested in the program are encouraged to submit their applications by November 1, 2010.

The Master Composter Training Program is a volunteer-based educational program designed to spread the word about the fun and benefits of backyard composting in Santa Clara County. Composting yard waste and food scraps is an effective way to reduce waste, benefit local soil, conserve water and protect storm water from pollutants. Residents can become change agents in this process by participating in this training program.

The classes are offered one evening a week and a few Saturdays over a ten-week period. Participants receive training, all materials and expert instruction for just $50. This fee includes materials for participants to build their own worm/compost bin.

After graduation, volunteers are obligated to contribute a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service in the county. Volunteers provide various types of support including creating table displays and staffing tables at fairs and events, starting school programs, teaching classes about different types of composting and helping at compost bin sales. The Master Composter classes will train volunteers to work with confidence. Master Composters also meet monthly to share information and hear from guest speakers.

The Master Composter Training Program is a great forum in which to meet people with shared interests, make new friends, do something good for the planet and help make the local community a more sustainable place to live and work.

The application deadline is November 1, 2010. Classes will begin in January 2011.

For more information and an application form to enroll in the program, visit

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