Did you know that Americans waste about 25 percent of all food and drinks we buy? All of this uneaten food generates nearly one quarter of methane emissions in the US, increasing climate change. Alternatively, when it’s kept out of the garbage and composted, food waste is an incredibly useful soil amendment, turning garbage into “gardener’s gold.”
Composters Now in its fourth decade, Seattle Tilth offers the Master Composter / Soil Builder program in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities to train community members to become compost educators — and climate change heroes! Compost reduces global warming, storm water pollution and food waste while building healthy soil and growing healthy plants.
A diverse team of community volunteers participates in 28 hours of classroom learning, hands-on practice and field trips. Learn how to compost while learning about soil science, natural yard care and recycling! Training includes eight sessions during four weeks starting on Tuesday, March 22 in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood (4649 Sunnyside Ave N).
After the training, each Master Composter contributes 35 hours of volunteer outreach, teaching practical techniques to other community members throughout the city. Volunteers work on projects of their own choosing – at schools, churches, community centers, businesses and community gardens.
Food waste is such a problem that the City of Seattle prohibits food waste from going in the garbage. But many residents and community groups need support figuring out what to do with food waste. Master Composters have mobilized to provide needed education.
Apply by March 6
The Master Composter program is for Seattle residents only. However, King County residents who live outside of Seattle are encouraged to apply to similar programs we offer in King County. Applications are due March 6. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.
Come to a Seattle Tilth volunteer orientation to get your questions answered:
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6-7 p.m. at Bradner Gardens Park; 1730 Bradner Place S
The Master Composter/Soil Builder program is managed by Seattle Tilth and sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities.