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The Master Composter Training Program is offered in partnership with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension and NJ Composting Council. Participants get an in-depth look at how to compost. Composting is a great way to turn kitchen scraps and yard waste into a nutrient rich, soil-building boost for your garden. You'll learn how it works, what you'll need to do it, and how to get the most out of your composting efforts. No prior experience is needed!

The 2024 Master Composter Class

The class will be a combination of virtual and in-person lectures, hands-on demonstrations, field trips, and opportunities to connect with the community.  Participants have the opportunity to earn 20 compost-related service hours to become a Certified Atlantic County Master Composter.  

The cost to participate is $60 and participants must be registered before Friday, February 9.  Space is limited, please reserve your spot early.  First registration priority is provided to Atlantic County Residents.  

Day 1: Thursday, February 22 - 5:30 pm – Intro class (virtual)

Day 2: Saturday, February 24 - 9 am – Field trip! View local composting processes (in-person)

Day 3: Thursday, March 7 - 5:30 pm – Soil and Compost (virtual)

Day 4: Thursday, March 21 - 5:30 pm – Composting with Manures (in-person)

Day 5: Thursday, April 4 - 5:30 pm – Vermicomposting (in-person)

Day 6: Thursday, April 18 - 5:30 pm – Commercial Composting (virtual)

Day 7: Thursday, May 2- 5:30 pm – Community Composting and course wrap up (in-person)

We are no longer taking applicants for the 2024 Master Composter Program. You can sign up to be notified when the 2025 program is announced by clicking the button below:

How to Compost:

Outside of the Master Composter Training Class, the ACUA and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County offer opportunities to learn about backyard composting throughout the year. Email to learn more. 

If you would like to get assistance, or have questions about backyard composting or the training itself, please email us!  


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