Project Grow will again be offering a series of classes through Ann Arbor Rec and Ed fall 2019 for students to become Master Composters!

Past Master Composter Graduates

The program is seven 2 1/2 hour classes:
  • Wednesday September 25 - Overview. Composting basics, types of bins (Nancy Stone, Master Composter and Lisa Perschke, Master Composter and Advanced Master Gardener)
  • Wednesday October 2 - Hot composting, Cover Crops and tour of Project Grow's Compost Education Center (CEC) at the Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor, 48105. Meet at the Project Grow demonstration area. Will move indoors at dusk. (Joet Reoma, Master Gardener, Master Rain Gardener) 
  • OPTIONAL CEC Practicum: Starting Oct.5, Sat.10 am—Noon. Students may earn volunteer hours towards Master Composter Certification at Project Grow's Compost Education Center. Held at the same location as the 10/2 class and continues every Saturday until the end of the class. 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.
  • OPTIONAL Wednesday October 9th** (12 noon - 1:30pm) -90-minute tour of large-scale City of Ann Arbor WeCare Organics composting operations, weather permitting, City of Ann Arbor 4150 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor 48108 (Donald Butynski and Nancy Stone)
  • Wednesday October 9 Yard Waste Reduction. Dress for outdoor demonstrations before indoor class. (Chris Simmons, City of Ypsilanti)
  • Wednesday October 16 Vermiculture (worms), special composting, compost teas (Jesse Raudenbush, Master Gardener, owner of Starr Valley Farms)
  • Wednesday October 23 Soils. Learn your soil profile and how compost improves everything underfoot. (Dr. Dean Baas, MSU Sustainable Agriculture extension and Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Coordinator for the state of Michigan.)
  • OPTIONAL - Wednesday October 30 Worm bin workshop. Hands-on session. Note: All students may attend at no charge. Please pre-register in-class if interested in purchasing worm bin materials for $30 (includes 1000 red worms, worm bedding, bin screen; drill provided). Bring your own Rubbermaid 18-gallon storage bin with lid. (Jesse Raudenbush)
  • Wednesday November 6 Guest presenters with volunteer composting opportunities, take-home exam corrected. Students share ideas for volunteer projects, discuss date/topic for fall 2020 graduation dinner. (Lisa Perschke, with guest presenters)


All classes are 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m and  held at Pioneer High School except  Hot Composting at Leslie Science and Nature Center on October 2th, and the optional tour of WeCare Organics on October 9th.

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 online through the Rec and Ed website here.  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.