Sign from the old Compost Demonstration site at Ithaca Community Gardens

Compost Demonstration Site at Ithaca Community Gardens

Classes & Workshops

The 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.

2022 Master Composter Training

Application Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2022, 5:00 PM

Help promote responsible composting in Tompkins County as a Master Composter volunteer! Free training includes seven, in-depth class sessions and one, weekend field trip. Participate in the "practical internship" in between training classes to volunteer and work on class projects. After training, Master Composters give back to the community through a variety of outreach activities.

The 2022 Master Composter volunteer training will be held each Wednesday evening, 6:00 to 8:30pm from March 16 to May 4, 2022. Most of the training classes will be virtually over Zoom, however the final 2 o 3 classes will be held outdoors, in-person.

To accommodate Cornell's spring break, class will not be held on Wednesday, April 6. There are a total of 7 training classes, with additional volunteer and learning opportunities offered between classes. One weekend field trip will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 1:00 - 5:00pm.

For more information including the Master Composter job description and application, please visit our become a Master Composter webpage:

Virtual Compost Fair and 4H Duck Race

Held online on Sun, Sept 13, 2020; 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 February 14, 2022