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Master Composting Programs in California

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Master Composting Program by the San Diego Solid Waste Management Department, is people-powered by The Master Composters, a group of volunteers who have undergone an extensive training class in all aspects of the composting process, and then use that information to teach others how to turn their organic wastes into a perfect soil amendment. Master Composters are asked to: Complete the required 6-week training course; Volunteer a minimum of 40 hours back to the program.

Master Composters receive:

1. Extensive training and background material in composting and other alternatives to organics disposal which they can use in their own residence;

2. Additional "continuing education" through semi-regular meetings, field trips, and interaction with others who have different expertise;

3. Experience in speaking to and interacting with groups and individuals with whom they have common interests;

4. Satisfaction in knowing that they are doing their part to alleviate part of the ever-increasing landfill problem

Like to Garden? Heard of composting with worms? It is called vermicomposting. We present you with a fun-filled project that can involve the entire family and environment-conscious organic gardeners, hobbyists, and commercial farmers.

Recycle with Earthworms: The Book
The Red Wiggler Connection: The Video
by Shelley C. Grossman & Toby Weitzel
www.vermicoast.com

Shelley Celeste Grossman is a certified Master Composter, trained by the San Diego Solid Waste Management Department, who has devoted many hours to community service and education. She and Melissa (Toby) Weitzel, developed and implemented the prototypes for elementary school worm composting programs in her area. The students not only participate in waste reduction through recycling, but also maintain a small agribusiness selling castings and worms.

Toby Weitzel has worked as manager of elementary school on-site agricultural programs for many years. She has developed and taught numerous related science curricula. She is a certified Master Composter, and is committed to the principles and benefits of sustainable agriculture. Toby has been gone from Vermicoast for many years. She is on another path of composting and doing well.

Some Composting Resources in California

Master Gardener Links
University of California / Master Gardener
Master Composters of Santa Clara County
www.mastergardeners.org/links.html

Placer-Nevada Counties Composting Education Project
ceplacer.ucdavis.edu/Master_Gardener252

Digitalseed: San Diego Master Composters
and composting information tailored for the Southern California gardener and a directory and calendar, Master Composter Training
digitalseed.com/sandiego/gardener/clubs/mastercomposter.html

Riverside County Master Composter training for volunteers who wish to become Master Composters.
http://www.rivcowm.org/composting/compost_mc_classes.html
http://www.rivcowm.org/composting/compost_in_rc.html
Backyard Composting Resources from California Integrated Waste (CIWMB)
http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Organics/HomeCompost/Bins/Resources.htm

Composting Bins

The Green Culture
32 Rancho Circle
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone: 877-20-GREEN
Fax: 949-360-7864
http://www.composters.com/

Green Cone Distributors
P.O. Box 866
Menlo Park, CA 94026
Phone: (415) 552-6367
Retail: (415) 365-8637

Plastopan
812 East 56th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90001
Phone: (213) 231-2225

Smith & Hawken
Municipal Sales
117 East Strawberry Drive
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Phone: (415) 383-4415

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