Compost Education

Master Composter Certificate Program

2019 Course Dates: 8 Tuesdays: March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14 | 6–9 p.m., plus 2 weekend day trips to be arranged.

Compost enthusiasts and advocates have the opportunity each spring to take the Master Composter Certificate Course with the NYC Compost Project hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This course requires 18–21 hours of classroom instruction, 2 field trips, plus 30 community service hours helping to advance on-site composting in NYC. Certification of completion will be delivered to trainees upon complete of volunteer service.

We are now accepting applications! Deadline: February 1, 2019

Apply Online

Preference to the program is given to Brooklyn residents. A select number of applicants are chosen to participate in an interview. From those, the class of 20 students is chosen. Previously unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to reapply. Please answer each question in the application thoroughly!

School Workshops

Contact NYC Compost Project staff at or 718-623-7290 for information about hands-on composting and recycling workshops. Maximum of 30 students per workshop.

Community Workshops

Contact NYC Compost Project staff at or 718-623-7290 if you would like us to come to your Brooklyn community garden, neighborhood association, apartment building/board meeting, or civic group to present workshops for ten persons or more.

Classes at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The NYC Compost Project offers classes at BBG throughout the year. Pregistration is required.

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Request a compost information table at your public event.

Contact or 718-623-7290 with more information, such as the event name, date/s, time, and location. Please request a table at least three weeks in advance.

Visit the Department of Sanitation’s NYC Compost Project materials webpage for resources and education materials.

More: BBG's Guide to Composting 

Decomposers Workshop
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