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October 28, 2011 > Master composter training program accepting applications

Master composter training program accepting applications

Submitted By Zachary DeVine

The Santa Clara County Master Composter program is accepting applications for the Class of 2012. The program is designed to spread the word about backyard composting in Santa Clara County. Composting yard waste and food scraps is the most effective way to reduce the amount of organic material going to landfills. Backyard composting also benefits local soil and facilitates water conservation and storm water protection.

Residents can become change agents in this process by participating in the Master Composter Volunteer training program which includes classroom instruction and practical application. This comprehensive program not only teaches interested individuals composting theory and techniques, it also prepares participants to instruct others in the art and science of backyard composting. Master Composter Volunteer training graduates commit to providing 50 hours of volunteer service in the County in the first year following graduation. There are many ways to volunteer including staffing tables at events, starting school programs, teaching classes on composting and worm composting and helping at compost bin sales. Master Composters also gather each month to hear guest speakers, network with like-minded new friends, enhance their knowledge and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities. There is a materials charge of $50 for the 10-week course and participants receive training materials and instruction. Scholarships are available upon request.

Anyone interested in joining the Master Composter Volunteer Program may download an application form from www.ReduceWaste.org. Classes for 2012 will meet on Wednesday mornings in San Jose from January 11 through March 14, 2012. The application deadline is Wednesday, November 9, 2011.

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