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Posted on: December 12, 2018

Would you like to become a Georgia Master Composter?


If you enjoy working with people, digging in the dirt and talking “trash,” the Georgia Master Composter Program is for you! Established in 2011, the program is both an adult education course and UGA Extension volunteer program.

Through this comprehensive training, you will learn the chemistry and microbiology of composting, types of composting systems, reasons for composting, backyard composting techniques and teaching tools. After the course, you will join other Georgia Master Composter Extension Volunteers in teaching your family, friends and community how to compost!


• Consent to a background screening (UGA volunteer requirement).

• Complete classes, attend field trip and present a final project.

• Volunteer a minimum of 40 hours within the first year and 20 hours each year thereafter to retain status. Volunteer activities may include staffing informational booths at public education events, assisting with compost workshops, and giving presentations.


• “What a great program. I am so excited to do my volunteering.”

• “You told me I would get a lot for my money, and I totally agree! [The program is] a great investment!”

• “I learned so much more than I expected! I really enjoyed it!”

• “Thank you for helping me restore a love for my yard again.”

GEORGIA MASTER COMPOSTER 2019 PROGRAM CLASS DATES: Wednesday evenings, February 20 - April 24

TIME: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

FIELD TRIP: Saturday, March 23

LOCATION: Athens-Clarke County, Solid Waste Department Training Room, 725 Hancock Industrial Way, Athens, GA 30605

COST: $200


For more information or an application call ACC Extension at 706-613-3640 or email or

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