Dozens of states support Master (Home) Composter training programs and “Train-the-trainer” programs. We hope Maine will be the next! Creating a network of trained compost educators distributed across our communities will create many benefits such as:
- diverting heavy – and, therefore, expensive – organic matter out of our municipal waste streams
- turning clean organic matter into a useful and highly fertile garden product
- providing myriad learning opportunities for adults and children alike about how to maintain the health of our soil food web
- Plus, composting is a gateway to gardening! When done well, composting is easy, clean and smells like soil!
Project status: The Resilience Hub is seeking 1-2 project partners to launch a pilot “Train-the-trainer” program in Southern Maine. The graduating Master Home Composters would fulfill a volunteer requirement, much like Master Gardeners, by helping others compost their kitchen and yard waste effectively.