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CompostSMART Advanced Composting Series

2017 APPLICATION PROCESS NOW OPEN!

Are you interested in public education and outreach? The CompostSMART Advanced Composting Training Program might be for you! You’ll receive in-depth composting education with an experienced and knowledgeable team, and then you’ll share your training with the wider community.

CompostSMART was developed to help residents understand and share the importance of organics recycling, build composting systems, recycle food and yard waste at their homes, build healthy urban soils and support thriving landscapes throughout the RecycleSmart service area.

The series includes 30+ hours of training, including classroom instruction, outdoor training and a tour. Once you’ve successfully completed training, you’ll spend 35 hours doing volunteer outreach in the community to complete the program. Outreach might include giving classes at local community gardens, schools, nurseries and community centers, assisting organizations and community gardens to set up composting systems, or attending events and farmers markets and staffing composting information tables.

CompostSMART Topics

  • Definitions, benefits, soil science
  • Compost ecology, critters, chemistry
  • Management, tools, systems
  • Vermicomposting
  • Harvesting, applications, composting in other settings
  • Composting alternatives, strategies, troubleshooting
  • Communication
  • Activities, projects, experiments, outdoor activities, tours 

Program Dates

The program is an 8-week, 9-session, in-depth educational experience! 

          Session One: Thursday, September 21, 6:00-9:00pm

          Session Two: Thursday, September 28, 6:00-9:00pm

          Session Three: Saturday, September 30, 9:00-12:00pm

          Session Four: Thursday, October 5, 6:00-9:00pm

          Session Five: Thursday, October 12, 6:00-9:00pm

          Session Six: Thursday, October 19, 6:00-9:00pm

          Session Seven: Saturday, October 28, 9:00-12:00pm

          Session Eight: Thursday, November 2, 6:00-9:00pm

          Session Nine: Thursday, November 16 - Full Day Tour/Graduation

Training Location

Classroom instruction will be located at the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education Building. Outdoor training will be located at the UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County Demonstration Garden ("Our Garden") located directly next to the Civic Arts Building.

Community Outreach

After completing the educational training, you will become part of a select team of RecycleSmart residents empowered to share what you have learned with friends, family, neighbors and the community at large. You will have the support you need to be successful at teaching others. Community outreach is an essential component of the CompostSMART Series, and a powerful form of environmental action!

  • 35 volunteer outreach hours required within one year of participating in the training.
  • 20 volunteer outreach hours required annually to renew involvement in program each year after. 

Your Instructor

Stephen Andrews is a soil scientist, educator, and natural resources consultant specializing in developing landscape products made from recycled materials, including soilless growth media. Known variously throughout the Bay Area as the Dirt Dude, Soil Sommelier, and Compost Crusader, Stephen has been indoctrinating classes of UCCE Master Gardeners, Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition professionals, and UC Berkeley students with his mantras of "Compost, Compost, Compost" and "Mulch, Mulch, Mulch" for nearly two decades. After attending classes given by Stephen, you'll have a better appreciation for what happens beneath your feet. Plan to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!

Application

Only RecycleSmart service area residents are accepted into the program: Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Danville and Unincorporated Central Contra Costa County (Alamo, Blackhawk, Diablo). 

2017 CompostSMART Application

CompostSMART Graduates

Questions? 

For more information about CompostSMART or other composting related programs and resources, please contact Ashley Louisiana at (925) 906-1801 x109 or email ashley@recyclesmart.org.

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