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Class of 2013 Master Composter Training Program Accepting Applications

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. -- The County of Santa Clara Home Composting Education Program is now accepting applications for the Class of 2013 Master Composter training program.  This comprehensive training will teach interested individuals composting methods, theory and techniques, as well as preparing participants to instruct others in the art and science of backyard composting. 
Master Composter graduates commit to providing 50 hours of volunteer service throughout Santa Clara County in their first year following graduation.   There are many great ways to volunteer, including staffing tables at events, starting school programs, teaching classes on composting and worm composting and helping at compost bin sales.  Master Composters also get together each month to hear interesting guest speakers, network with new friends, enhance their composting knowledge and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities.
The County of Santa Clara Master Composter program is a volunteer organization designed to spread the word about backyard composting in Santa Clara County.  Composting yard waste and food scraps is the most effective way to reduce the amount of organic material being landfilled.  Backyard composting also benefits local soil and facilitates water conservation and storm water protection. 
If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the Master Composter Volunteer Program, please share the application for the 2013 Master Composter Training.  Classes will meet on Wednesday mornings in San Jose from January 9 through March 13, 2013. There is a materials charge of $50 for the ten week course and participants receive training materials and instruction.
The application is available at  The application deadline is Monday, November 12, 2012.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn a new skill that is rewarding in many ways AND good for the environment!

Media Contact: Sarah Smith, Integrated Waste Management Division (408)282-3180
Posted: August 29, 2012