Sustainability Academy’s Fall 2019 Master Composter Course

South San Francisco, CA  October 2, 2019 Submitted by SSF Scavengers Company, INC

{Everything South City notes that our local elementary schools, such as Buri Buri, are now teaching our kids how to compost – so as adults – let’s learn and help foster this excellent example set by our School District, for our kids, and for generations to come!}

Interested in becoming a Master Composter? There are still spots for courses beginning mid-October!


Thank you for your interest in the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability’s Fall 2019 Master Composter Course! This course is an offering from the County’s Sustainability Academy program. Please review the course details below to confirm that this course will meet your expectations and fit into your schedule, and complete the brief application that follows to formally apply for the course. Office of Sustainability staff will review your application, and will inform you of whether you have been enrolled in the class within 2 weeks of receiving your application.

If you have any additional questions about this course or this application, please contact Avana Andrade, Sustainability Academy Manager, at 650.599.1459 or at

Date & Time: Wednesday evenings, 6:00-9:00 pm on the following dates: Oct 16, Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 20
Location: San Mateo County Center Complex
455 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063

The Sustainability Academy’s Master Composter Course is a no-cost, 6-week, in-class course that will provide you with:

-In-depth knowledge of backyard and vermi (worm) composting, including skills needed to build and maintain your own piles;
-An understanding of soil biodiversity and the benefits of adding compost to your soil;
-An overview of commercial composting via in-class lecture and a commercial composting facility tour; and
-Communication, leadership, and instruction skills you can use to educate others how to compost.

The course is a mixture of lecture and hands-on learning, with an emphasis on interactivity to teach concrete composting skills.

-HAVE FUN – Make friends and new connections with a common interest! After the course ends, we host free and voluntary Academy events to help former classmates to keep in touch.
-GET INVOLVED – Learn cutting-edge composting techniques and theory from local sustainability experts, and practice techniques to effectively teach composting to others.
-GIVE BACK – Educate your friends, neighbors, kids, teachers, and community on the value of composting and turning garbage into gold!

-After the completion of the course, we require that you volunteer 40 hours of your time using the skills that you learned in the class. We will offer volunteer tracks to each student depending on your interests, and will connect you with a local organization that is in need of consistent volunteering support. If you have an independent project you would like to pursue, you may submit a proposal for this project.
-Participants who attend at least 5 out of 6 classes get a choice of taking home a SoilSaver composting system or vermicomposting unit at the end of the course!
-Once you complete both the course and the required volunteer hours, you will receive a certificate of completion as recognition of your commitment to sustainability and your community.
-You must be 14 years of age or older to attend the classes.
-We will give priority for course registration to San Mateo County community members, specifically those who live, work, and/or go to school in San Mateo County.

We have a travel stipend program available for those for whom traveling to class poses a financial hardship. To apply for this program, please use this link:

If you need ADA accommodations, please contact us at least five (5) business days prior to the first class you will be attending.


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