Interested in learning how to turn food scraps and yard trimmings into compost for healthier, nutrient-rich soil for your garden, lawn or even houseplants? Then register now to become a Vermont Master Composter.
Classes will be held for four consecutive Thursdays, beginning Oct. 18, from 6 to 9 pm at Vermont Interactive Technology sites in Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, St. Albans, Springfield, White River Junction, and Williston.
Registration is $40 and includes a copy of the Vermont Master Composter Resource Manual. The deadline to register is Oct. 5. A $10 late fee will be charged after that date. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.
To register call (802) 656-9562 or download a registration form at www.uvm.edu/mastergardener. Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate should call this number. Confirmation of class site and directions will be sent upon receipt of registration and payment.
Although not required, upon successful completion of the course, students may volunteer for community or school composting projects in order to become a certified Vermont Master Composter. A total of 20 volunteer hours, completed within a two-year period, is needed to earn certification. Interns will receive support and guidance from the UVM Extension Home Horticulture Program.