Registration is now open through August 23 for UVM Extension’s Vermont Master Composter course, designed to teach the basics of backyard composting.

Topics to be covered include compost ecology, benefits of composting, site design & management, compost systems & tools, using compost, community composting, volunteerism, and Vermont recycling policies.

The online course runs for eight weeks starting August 30; course materials will be available to participants until Nov 15. Two tracks are offered to meet participant needs: An at-your-pace track that allows participants to move through the course at their own leisure, and a volunteer certification track where participants are trained to become certified Vermont Master Composter volunteers and attend an in-person workshop and live discussion sessions with instructors offered via Zoom on Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m., beginning September 5.

The cost is $50 for Vermonters and $150 for out-of-state residents. Register by 8/23. To register or learn more, visit:

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Deb Heleba at or (802) 656-1777 by August 9. The course is sponsored by the UVM Extension Community Horticulture Program with financial support from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.