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Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Brenda Platt | No Comments | Updated on Sep 20, 2014

Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Advanced Composter Training Course in DC-MD

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

The Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders training program is a community composter train-the-trainer program with a community service component. This program was developed by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and ECO City Farms and is offered in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.

To apply: To apply for our fall 2014 training in DC-MD (November 1st – December 15th), fill out the online application by October 6th.  Details below.

Once your application is selected, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance will contact you to arrange an interview. Find a friend, colleague, or neighbor to take the course with you!  As one goal is to launch neighborhood projects, preference will be given to two (or more) applicants from the same community.

Course Description: The Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Advanced Composter course consists of 12 hours of classroom instruction, approximately 22 hours of supervised hands-on training, implementation of a capstone project, and 30 hours of independent projects/community service helping to advance community composting.

This course covers the following topics:

o the small-scale composting process
o vermicomposting (worm composting)
o how to use finished compost
o how to design and build on-site compost systems
o techniques for teaching others about composting
o techniques for engaging community participation

For the capstone project and community service components, participants engage in projects based upon their interests and the needs of the community they are serving. Potential projects might include building and managing compost bins at community gardens, schools, churches, or working at compost demonstration sites.

Successful completion of the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Advanced Composter course will result in the receipt of a certificate and the option of continuing on to the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders Master Composter train-the-trainer apprenticeship.

Location: Classes will meet at a location accessible to the Petworth Green Line Metro Station in DC.  The Saturday hands-on training sessions will take place at one of ECO City Farms’ sites in Prince George’s County.  Transportation to and from the Petworth station may be available on Saturdays (TBD).

Application deadline: October 6, 2014
. Space is limited!

Class dates and times:  Two (2) times per week, for six (6) weeks, November 1st – December 15th.

Classroom Instruction:  6:30 to 8:30 pm
(Petworth Green line Metro accessible location)

Wednesday, November 5th
Wednesday, November 12th
Wednesday, November 19th
Wednesday, December 3rd
Wednesday, December 10th
Monday, December 15th

Hands-On Training: 10 am to 12:30 pm, unless noted otherwise
(ECO City Farms’ site in Prince George’s County)

Saturday, November 1st
Saturday, November 8th
Saturday, November 15th
Saturday, November 22nd
Saturday, December 6th (10 am to 4 pm – field trip)
Saturday, December 13th (10 am to 4 pm – bin build)

All classes are mandatory!

Cost: This course is being offered for free this fall. A donation of $40 is requested to help cover the cost of food and materials.

Questions? Contact: