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Master Urban Composting Certification Course

This course is has 10 sessions, each of them three hours in length.It is taught by multiple local urban composting experts, focused on training future compost leaders in DC in a variety of composting methods appropriate for urban environments.

This short course will focus on multiple urban composting systems that are critter proof, sustainable, odor-free and functioning right now in DC. Learn the best practices and knowledge to set up each of these systems in any DC environment from the people who are leading DC’s composting movement.

Typical Schedule (May change year to year):

  • Community Composting Models and Intro to Science of Composting
  • Soil Microbiology
  • Building Piles with Active Aeration and Bio-Filters
  • Urban Composting Best Practices
  • 3-Bin Compost Cooperatives
  • Bokashi Composting
  • Vermicompost
  • Testing and Applying Compost
  • Improving Soil with Biosolids
  • Compost Carpentry and Tools

Visit our Registration Portal to sign up for DPR programs

To learn more please reach out DPR's Community Garden Specialists:
[email protected] - (202) 262-2138

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Want to Receive Monthly Updates for DPR Programs?
DPR's Urban Garden Division partners with the DUG Network to do a semi-monthly (twice a month around the 1st and 15th) newsletter that highlights all DPR programs and registration openings along with other urban Ag, food security and environmental programs, workshops, job openings, grants, tips, etc, in greater DC. To view past newsletters or to sign up for future newsletters please visit this link or email [email protected].

The DUG Network website also has a searchable database of over 500 organizations working in DC in urban Ag, food security, and environmental programs along with many other resources.