[Organizer's description:] Become A STAR Certified Master Composter: Classes Start in October
If you love composting and want to share it with others, learn how to become a Master Composter through the City of Houston’s Green Building Resource Center’s hosting of the STAR Yard Wise Master Composter Certificate Program, October 27 through October 30. The class will not only enhance skills for personal use, but can help you teach others to create this valuable product.
The class offers an in-depth compost education featuring a team of experienced Houston professionals. Once certified, you can either do more for your own backyard, or help your neighbors with theirs. By the end of this four-day course, you should be able to make your own worm bed, create “compost recipes” for specific plants, and most importantly, help others embrace the environmental benefits of composting.
Offered at the Houston Permitting Center, 1002 Washington Avenue, the 4-day course comprises classroom work and field trips from Thursday, Oct. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 30. Speakers include: John Ferguson, Nature’s Way Resources; Sarah Mason, City of Houston; Luis Chamorro, The Ground Up; Joe Blanton, Blanton Landscaping; MaDiana Diaz, Last Organic Outpost; Bob Randall, Urban Harvest; Pat Greer, Pat Greer’s Kitchen; and Lora Hinchcliff, Living Earth Technologies.
For $40 the certificate program includes textbooks, evening lectures, and weekend field trips. Participants will later perform 20 hours of service, showing others how to compost. Payment may be made by check to the City of Houston at the first class. Seating is limited to 20 participants. Parking is free. To enroll, contact Program Director Steve Stelzer at 832-394-9050, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.codegreenhouston.org
Composting can save money with its byproduct of rich fertilizer, and can reduce the need of toxic pesticides for lawns and gardens. It also reduces amounts of food and foliage waste being deposited in landfills. When tossed for garbage, this waste creates methane, which is 25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. Composting is nature’s way of recycling – sharing it is our way of helping nature.