Community Composter School is a certification program that seeks to make existing community gardens drop off sites for Community Composting.  It is a hands-on educational series for individuals or teams looking to take their garden’s composting up a notch.



Some notes on the application process:

  • You can apply via the google form linked above, starting March 7 2024
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis
  • Spots will likely fill up, so apply soon to secure your spot
  • Application form closes at the end of the day on Thursday April 4
  • Participants will be notified of acceptance by April 5 latest


You can access the slides from our March 2024 info session here: Community Composter School Info Session 2024. In the slides you’ll find:

  • background info about CCS
  • the goals of the program
  • who it’s for
  • this year’s schedule
  • how to apply
  • some photos from previous years


If you have questions or want to talk to someone about the program, please reach out to Claire or Jasen on the Community Projects team.

a little more about it…

Is your compost pile sluggish or neglected? Do you have kitchen scraps or yard waste you wish you could put to good use? Just wish you knew more about beneficial microbes? Look no further! Announcing Grow Pittsburgh’s Community Composter certification program.

Starting in 2019, Grow Pittsburgh and the Urban Soils Working Group researched community composting programs in other cities and in 2020 launched our region’s first Community Composter certification program. Housed within Grow Pittsburgh, the Community Composter program works to make existing community gardens drop-off sites for neighborhood-scale composting.

Each year, the new cohort of Community Composters will attend 6 classes, 2 field trips, and complete 40 hours of volunteer service. Classes will be focused on pile management, soil food webs, and volunteer management. Our goal is to create a cohort of people with a strong understanding of community composting, and support gardens in gaining access to quality compost while reducing neighborhood household organic waste.


Thank you to our program sponsor Organic Remedies for helping make this work possible!