Master Composter Series

*Note – the Master Composter Certification Program will be offered again in the summer of 2022. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list and receive updates about the program, please email Kylie Johnson at

Participants will hear from local composting experts and get behind the scenes tours of several facilities. Please note that this is an advanced course. General themes for each session are listed below. A detailed syllabus will be distributed to participants.

10 hours classroom + 10 hours field study + 30 volunteer hours = 50 hours

The program includes: 10 hours of classroom instruction, 10 hours of field study, the opportunity to earn certification upon perfect attendance and completion of 30 volunteer hours.

Example of Past Program Lessons:

Day 1: Chemistry of Compost & Cincinnati’s Compost History, Field trip to Walnut Hills Community Gardens

Day 2: In-vessel composting & garden application, Composting regulations, Field trip to Greenacres

Day 3: Bokashi & Vermicomposting, Field trip to Lighthouse Community School Vermicomposting Operation

Day 4: Troubleshooting & Compost innovation, Field trip to Xavier University