URI Compost Program
Join us this spring for two educational options, a Compost Workshop Series and URI Master Composter training.


Spring 2013
URI Compost Workshop Series
Take one or all three classes!

The Breakdown of Compost Additions: Materials to Avoid
Our Speaker, Dr. Robert Rafka, will be discussing ways to ensure the compost you produce is as healthy and contaminant-free as possible.  Special emphasis will be given to the proper choices of incoming organic raw materials and the chemical transformations that do and don't occur in your compost pile.
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: URI Kingston Campus, CBLS rm 10
Price: $20.00 

Who Knows What Good (and Evil) Lurks in the Hearts of Compost Piles?
In this lecture Andy Radin, URI Agricultural Extension Specialist, will follow the progression of the diverse assemblage of microorganisms in the life of a compost pile, from intial assembly to a stable, finished product.  This involves consideration of who consumes what, under what conditions, and how these dynamic conditions influence the relative abundances of these microbes.
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: URI Kingston Campus, CBLS rm 10
Price: $20.00 
Composting as Part of a Landscape Management Program
In this popular hands-on workshop, Reinhard Sidor will demonstrate hot & cold composting, alternatives to composting, vermiculture, and compost tea. Active participation is encouraged and needed to create and aerate compost piles, spread finished compost on lawns, and to assist with grinding of compost materials.  
Bring a 1-gallon bucket to go home with worm tea!  
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Reinhard Sidor Residence (directions will be given during online registration)
Price: $40.00 

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Online Registration for URI Advanced Compost Series
Spring 2013 

URI Master Composter Training 

By registering you will be enrolled in all classes & field trips 


About The Training
The URI Master Composter program trains volunteers to compost and to become advocates for composting and recycling within their local community and around the state.  To earn the title 'URI Master Composter' participants in the program must attend all classes and fulfill a volunteer commitment of at least 30 hours.  To learn more visit The URI Master Composter website.
working w/youth
Rich Pederson from Southside Community Landtrust




Wednesday, April 3 

Introduction to the Master Composter Program & Compost 101

URI Kingston Campus


Saturday, April 6


Large Scale Composting Field trip at Earth Care Farm
Charlestown, RI

Wednesday, April 10 
Concepts in Chemistry, Concepts in Microbiology
URI Kingston Campus

Wednesday, April 17

What's Now, What's Next in RI Recycling, Vermicomposting 101   URI Kingston Campus

Saturday, April 20


Field trip to Rhode Island Resource Recovery

Johnston, RI


Wednesday, April 24


Urban Composting Field trip at Southside Community Landtrust's City Farm

Providence, RI


Saturday, April 27 (OPTIONAL)

10-12pm OR 1-3pm

Field trip to The Worm Ladies of Charlestown

Charlestown, RI  


Price: $125.00 payable by check or credit card during online registration.


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Online Registration for URI Master Composter Training
For questions or comments contact us at (401) 874-2900 or send us an email at outreach@uri.edu 
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