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.


You can access the slides from our February 2023 info session here: Community Composter School Info Session 2023. Applications for 2023 were due by March 20 but please let us know if you’d like to be on the “interested” list for the next cohort.

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.

If you’re interested in more information and applying for the next cohort of this program (tentatively 2024), please complete the following form.

Community Composter School Inquiry Form

Complete this form if you are interested in receiving more information about Community Composter School. We will send out applications as long as spaces remain available. If the program is at full capacity for the year, your information will be added to a contact list to receive information for the following year.
  • As a part of this hands-on educational program, you will be expected to plan for and implement a community composting system at an established garden site. If you work with an organization with multiple sites, feel free to list that organization here.You will also be expected to actively participate in scheduled workshops and field trips. A combination of Zoom workshops and in-person, outdoor activities are scheduled for 4 Tuesday evenings in a row starting April 25, then monthly through August.
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a little more about it…

Stay tuned for more information about the next time we will run the program. Fill out the form above to get updates.

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.