Project Grow will again be offering a series of classes through Ann Arbor Rec and Ed fall 2017 for students to become Master Composters!

Past Master Composter Graduates

Registration for the Master Composter program will be available in August 2017 on the Rec and Ed webpage

The program is seven 2 1/2 hour classes:
  • Wednesday September 20 - Overview. Composting basics, types of bins (Nancy Stone, Master Composter and Lisa Perschke, Master Composter and Advanced Master Gardener)
  • Wednesday September 27 - Yard Waste Reduction.  Held at Project Grow's Compost Education Center at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor (Chris Simmons, Master Composter, City of Ypsilanti; Joet Reoma, Master Composter, Advanced Master Gardener, Master Rain Gardener, Conservation Steward)
  • Optional:  CEC Practicum.  Starting September 30 Saturday 11 am—3 pm students can earn volunteer hours towards Master Composter Certification at Project Grow's Compost Education Center. Held at the same location as the 9/27 class and continues every Saturday until the end of the Program. The CEC Practicum includes the practice of hot composting, comfrey green manure processing, cover crops cultivation and maintaining a large in-ground vermiculture. If interested, RSVP weekly to joet@projectgrowgardens.org.)
  • Wednesday October 4 - Tour of large scale composting operations and hot composting at Tuthill Farms and Composting at 10505 Tuthill Road, South Lyon, MI 48178. (Chris Simmons, Nancy Stone, Joet Reoma). Joet will cover Hot Composting topic and discuss the benefits of CEC Practicum.
  • Wednesday October 11 - Vermiculture. Worm bins, special composting, compost teas (Jesse Raudenbush of Starr Valley Farms)
  • Wednesday October 18 - Soils. 
  • Wednesday October 25 -  Worm bin workshop.  Interested students may purchase a worm bin take-home kit for $30 with 1000 red worms, 12-gallon container and worm bedding. (Jesse Raudenbush)
  • Wednesday November 1 - Guest presenters with community composting opportunities, Take-Home Exam corrected in-class; share ideas for volunteer projects, set date and topic/speaker for fall graduation pizza dinner (Lisa Perschke and guest presenters)


All classes are 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m and  held at Pioneer High School except  Yard Waste Reduction is at Leslie Science and Nature Center on September 27th, and the tour of Tuthill Farms on October 4th.

You can only sign up for the entire series and  the cost of all seven classes is only $59!

The Master Composter program does not require any previous knowledge of composting or gardening. After finishing 10 hours of hands on volunteer work and the classes, you become a certified Washtenaw County Master Composter. 

How Do I Register?
You can register through the Rec and Ed website but not until late August. Just go to the Rec and Ed website and search on "Master Composter" After Labor Day, you can also register by phone or in person. Call Rec and Ed at (734)994-2300 for more details.

Volunteer Log

Click here for the Master Composter volunteer log.