Master Composter 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.

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

Master Composter Inquiry Form

Complete this form if you are interested in receiving more information about the Master Composter Program. 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 most Wednesdays in March and April 2021, 6:30-8pm.
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a little more about it…

We will be hosting an Information Session on Feb 10, 2021 at 6:30pm.  This session will include a short presentation and time for Q&A for folks interested in learning more.  To register for the free, online info session, please visit our Eventbrite page.

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 Master 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 Master Composter certification program. Housed within Grow Pittsburgh, the Master Composter program works to make existing community gardens drop off sites for neighborhood-scale composting.

Each year, the new cohort of Master 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. Where gardens have access to quality compost while reducing neighborhood household organic waste.