What is a Master Composter?

Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters

 

A master composter is one who has completed intensive Master Composter training and then volunteers at least ten hours a year educating the public about home composting or supporting the education process, thus sharing the mission of the BCEMC in the community. See Volunteer Opportunities for the kinds of things you can do once you become a master composter.

Two people talking about compost
Photo courtesy of Diana Chantalle

What is Master Composter Training?

Master composter volunteer training educates participants in the science, art, materials, methods, and benefits of home composting in the high desert. Our current education method is an apprentice program in which a master composter mentor Is paired with an apprentice trainee. The mentor and trainee together follow a syllabus of instruction coordinated with a training manual. This method combines a textual and a hands-on, experiential learning process. Please see Master Composter Apprentice Training for more information.

What is the history of the Master Composter program in Bernalillo County?

The BCEMC volunteer master composter program began in 2010 following models of other active programs in the USA. The first training was offered in Spring of 2010. Graduates of the training formed a nonprofit educational organization in 2011. For more details, please see History of Our Program.