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Thinking of becoming a Compost Specialist?  

Don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of the annual Compost Specialist Training on April 4 and 11 from 9:00 to 4:30. Applications are due by Thursday March 15.  A lot of great information is packed into the training. Topics include The Science of Composting; Composting methods, including hot, cold, sheet, trench, Bokashi and worm bin composting; Organisms in the Compost; The Environmental Impact of Solid Waste; Trends and Issues of commercial compost; and Love Food not Waste. Participants will also have hands-on experience of various types of aerobic composting. Applications are available at the OSU Lane County Extension office (Kaufman House) at 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene, as well as in this edition of Garden Gate. The class is limited to 20 participants.

After training, Compost Specialists volunteer 20 hours a year to compost-related activities to become certified. These hours, which include teaching others about composting, also count towards your Master Gardener volunteer hour commitment. Non-Master Gardeners may become Compost Specialists but pay a higher tuition. For more information and registraion click here.

Raising Worms

Harvesting worms.

worm bin


Raising Worms

2-bin compost system.

buckets of veg waste

The Compost Specialist Volunteer program is a part of the OSU Extension Service Lane County's Master Gardener Program. Trained Compost Specialists are certified OSU Extension volunteers who deliver hands-on learning opportunities for beginning to experienced composters in the community. Sound interesting? Then join our team!

Demonstrations and Workshops


Recycling 101 - Compost

Local Resources

  • Red wiggler worms: Lane County Master Gardeners Association. Phone: 541-344-5859, call for availability. Need to be preordered. $15 for one pound bag.



Compost Specialist Educational Programs are made possible with financial support from the City of Eugene and the Lane County Master Gardener Association.

Hot Compost mix 
Compost Booth

Compost bin sample

Building a hot compost pile.
Volunteers staff booths throughout the community. Compost bin.  
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