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CompostSMART Advanced Composting Series

 

Are you interested in public education and outreach? The CompostSMART Advanced 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 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, activities and tours. 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 

CompostSMART 2019 Program Dates

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

  1. March 7                      Thursday                      6:30 - 8:30pm
  2. March 16                    Saturday                       9:00 - 12:00
  3. March 21                    Thursday                      6:30 - 8:30pm
  4. March 30                    Saturday                       9:00 - 12:00
  5. April 4                        Thursday                      6:30 - 8:30pm
  6. April 13                      Saturday                       9:00 - 12:00
  7. April 18                      Thursday                      6:30 - 8:30pm
  8. April 27                      Saturday                       9:00 - 12:00

May 7, 2019 (Tuesday): Full day graduation/tour.

Training Location

Classroom instruction and outdoor training will be located at The Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek (sits just above Heather Farm Park). Some Saturday sessions will be hosted at local community gardens throughout the County.  

Community Outreach

After completing the 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). 

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.

Thank You to our Partners!