SWRC Master Composter Program
Master Composters are community volunteers who are trained in composting at an in-depth
weekend session. Generally their community (municipality) or business pays
for their training and the Master Composters donate back a set number of
hours doing composting activities in their community.
The Master Composter training session generally involves a weekend in which
volunteers are given in-depth and hands on training in composting and in
public education techniques. The course includes a copy of our composting
DVD, Composting on the Prairies, a book on back yard composting,
copies of our various composting pamphlets and a Master Composter manual. If
there is time, a tour of local back yard and community composting sites is
also arranged. Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council composting coordinator
Naomi Mihilewicz, along with other master composters, conducts the training.
Training sessions take place periodically, depending on whether a particular
city or municipality has it in their budgets. The training
costs (paid by the municipalities) varies from $200 to $250 per person.
Once trained, Master Composters take on a variety of activities to carry out
their time commitment. These depend on the interests and preferences of the
Master Composter. Some have arranged composting education sessions for
their local churches or other community groups. Some staff booths at
gardening shows, while others educate their neighbours by example and by
discussions over the back fence. We can help with ideas on what might work
best for you.
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