Sign from the old Compost Demonstration site at Ithaca Community Gardens

Compost Demonstration Site at Ithaca Community Gardens

Classes & Workshops

Our Compost Education Program offers classes and workshops for individuals throughout the year to help you succeed at composting at your home or apartment.  See the descriptions below, and visit our Events page for access to all CCE-Tompkins classes and events.

2021 Master Composter Training

Application Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2021, 11:59 PM

Help promote responsible composting in Tompkins County as a Master Composter volunteer! Free training involves 20 hours of class sessions covering composting in depth, and 20 hours of volunteer time (the "practical internship"). After training, Master Composters give back to the community in a variety of outreach activities.

The 2021 Master Composter volunteer training will be held each Thursday evening, 6:00 to 8:00pm from March 4 to May 13, 2021. The first half of training will be conducted virtually over Zoom, while the second half will be a mix of in-person and virtual.

To accommodate the school break, class will not be on Thursday, April 8. There are a total of 10 training classes, with additional volunteer and learning opportunities in between classes.

Virtual Compost Fair and 4H Duck Race

Was held on Sun, Sept 13, Noon - 2:00 pm online; recording available!

Description: Continuing our long-standing partnership with the 4-H Duck Race, we broadcasted ~20 minutes of family-oriented and educational programming.

Our compost programming features four ~5 min segments:

  • Rot N Roll, Tompkins County’s best compost cover band performing their #1 hit, “Rot Me Mamma”
  • New Master Composter (MC) Daniel Baruch teaching about outdoor composting basics at the CCETC Demo site
  • New MC Romina Capelli and her 3 awesome children showing off their home worm composting bin
  • Adam Michalides, Compost Educator, telling folks where they can learn more, and giving away 2 fabulous compost prizes

Feel free to tune into our 2020 Virtual Compost Fair anytime!

Other Compost Classes and Workshops

  • Compost Learning Collaborative Trainings
  • Ask a Master Composter
  • Advanced Composting Class Series
  • Fall Worm Compost Class
  • Bokashi Composting Workshop

Last updated January 26, 2021