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

The program is seven 2 1/2 hour classes:
  • Wednesday September 27 - Overview. Composting basics, types of bins (Nancy Stone, Master Composter and Lisa Perschke, Master Composter and Advanced Master Gardener)
  • Wednesday October 4 - 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: Optional CEC Practicum: Starting Oct.7, 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 10/4 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.
  • Wednesday October 11 - 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 18 - Vermiculture. Worm bins, special composting, compost teas (Jesse Raudenbush of Starr Valley Farms)
  • Wednesday October 25 - Soils. 
  • Wednesday November 1 -  OPTIONAL 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 8 - 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 October 4th, and the tour of Tuthill Farms on October 11th.

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.