Master Composter Program Resources

Dane County Extension offers periodic Master Composter Workshops to provide training for anyone who wishes to teach others about home composting, including backyard composting and vermicomposting. Participants need to attend both sessions to be certified as Master Composters to train others.

Master Composter Class 2017

The program is designed specifically to provide basic knowledge, skills and tools for people who want to teach others about composting. Participants will then be asked to pledge to help organize and teach home composting or demonstration displays, the 2019 two-part training will take place at the Lyman F. Anderson Center, located at 5201 Fen Oak Drive Madison WI 53718 on the Mondays of October 28 and November 4, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The general public can attend the October 28th workshop to learn about home composting.

Dane County Extension and the City of Madison are sponsoring this training program in order to encourage broader adoption of composting by residents.

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To request program accommodations in languages other than English, accommodations based on disability or financial assistance, contact Mindy Habecker at 608-224-3718 or Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 10 days prior to the scheduled training.

Below are some resources to assist local Master Composters in their educational trainings.

Resources for Master Composters

Master Composter Basics Presentation   PowerPoint presentation, An Introduction to Home Composting

Master Composter Home Study Guide

Master Composter volunteer hours form   To record hours of service in educational outreach for 2017

Making and Using Compost in the Garden    UW-Extension Publication

Publications on Bin Building  UW-Extension Publications

A Home Composting Display can be borrowed free of charge for use at public events by Master Composters.  Contact Mindy Habecker at  or 608-224-3718 at least two weeks prior to when you wish to borrow the display.  Currently have two displays that can be reserved on a first come, first served basis.  Both have been updated October 2017.


3- Panel Home Composting Display