Compost Ambassador


Compost Ambassador is a training program developed by Illinois Extension's North-East Illinois Composting Initiative. 

The six 2-hour virtual live sessions cover topics that will strengthen your ability to compost at home, teach others how and why they should compost, and understand the science behind composting. During class you will have access to an online classroom where you can interact with other students, instructors, download supplemental materials, and engage in optional home learning assignments. By the end of class you'll have a solid base for deepening your participation in composting.

Topics covered include:

What is compost and why is it important?;

How to compost at home: backyard, three-bin, tumblers, vermicomposting, and more;

Understanding the science of composting: how do air, water, microbes, heat, and materials consisting of carbon and nitrogen interact to produce compost?;  

Troubleshooting your pile: smell abatement and critter mitigation;

How to assess compost quality: tests you can do at home;

Best practices for using compost: how do different types of compost impact usage;

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 Wednesday evenings. Attendance at and participation in these lectures and dedication to course materials outside of class time is expected. 


Our next offering of Compost Ambassador is planned for
Wednesday evenings from 6 - 8 pm via Zoom,  April 10 - May 15, 2024  with your choice of practicum dates either
Wednesday May 15 at Lake Co. Extension  100 South US Highway 45, Grayslake, IL 60030
Saturday May 18 at Prairie State College Matteson Area Center, 4821 Southwick Drive, Matteson
The Cost for the program is $30. Registration is open now at  

Click the button below or call Sarah Batka at 217-300-8636 to be added to the Compost Ambassador Training Interest List.

Sarah Farley

Sarah Farley

Local Food Systems and Small Farms Extension Educator
Animal Science
Farm Business Management
Food Access
Local Foods and Small Farms
Small Farms
Beef Cattle
Community Garden
Food Safety
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Kathryn Pereira

Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator
Urban Agriculture
Farm Business Management
Sustainable Agriculture
Business Development
Local Foods and Small Farms
Community Garden
Farmers Markets
Economic Development
(773) 233-2900