UGA Extension Office

Athens-Clarke County Master Composter Program

Established in 2011 as a partnership between Athens-Clarke County Extension and the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department, the Georgia Master Composter Program is an adult education course and Extension Volunteer program.  Master Composters complete a nine-week training course that covers all aspects of the composting process.  Classes are taught by UGA faculty, Athens-Clarke County and US Forest Service staff, and small and commercial business owners.  Topics include the chemistry and microbiology of composting, types of and reasons for composting, composting techniques and teaching tools.  As Extension volunteers, Master Composters then use this information to share composting basics with their family, friends and the community.  

The 2019 Georgia Master Composter Program application is now available.  The classes will be held at 5:30 to 8:30 pm weekly on Wednesday evenings from February 20 to April 24.  A special field trip is scheduled for Saturday, March 23.  Classes are held at the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department training room at 725 Hancock Industrial Way, Athens.  To learn more about the Master Composter Program  please email atedrow@uga.edu or call (706) 613-3640.