Compost Ambassador is a new training program offered by University of Illinois Extension.
The four 2-hour sessions cover Composting Basics, Usage, Quality, and Municipal and Community Composting. The training includes an optional field trip to a commercial composting facility and a one-time volunteer opportunity to participate in a Community Compost Collection to share your new knowledge and make an immediate impact by removing organic materials from the waste stream.
Topics covered include:
How to compost: backyard, three-bin, tumbler method, vermicomposting, and more;
The science of composting: why compost is such a valuable soil amendment;
Troubleshooting your pile: smell abatement and critter mitigation;
How to join composting movements in your local community; and
Practical ways to create and advocate for a strong culture of composting in Illinois.
Class meets online via Zoom on a weekday evening. Attendance at and participation in these lectures and dedication to course materials outside of class time is expected. The optional in-person volunteer opportunity and field trip will be scheduled for a Saturday.