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Become a Certified Master Composter

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Training Workshops

Saturdays, July 8, July 15, and July 22, 2006, 9:00 am -3:30 pm. All classes will be held at Garfield Park Conservatory

Learn the art and science of urban home composting and techniques for teaching others. This hands-on intensive 15 hour training program held at Garfield Park Conservatory includes the essentials of basic and worm composting, educational methods practice and a compost bin for participants to use at home. The program is primarily designed for Master Gardeners, volunteers and staff of the Chicago Home Composting Program partner organizations. Please inquire if you are interested and not affiliated with a partner agency. Master Composter training hours can be used to satisfy general Master Gardener education requirements.

Community Outreach

July 2006 -­ June 2007

Thirty hours of community education outreach will be required for participation in the Master Composter program. Ten of these thirty hours will be staffing the Rotline (compost hotline) in the Master Gardener Plant Clinic at the Garfield Park Conservatory on weekends. The additional 20 hours can be completed at one of four compost education centers, or through individual outreach projects. Master Composter outreach hours satisfy general Master Gardener service requirements. Interns are expected to participate in the City-wide Bin sale on Saturday, August 19, 2006


Application Deadline is July 5, 2006

Please mail, email, or fax your application to the location below. The cost for participating in the program is $40. Scholarships are available and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please make checks payable to University of Illinois.

For More Information about the Master Composter Program

Please contact Ron Wolford, 773-233-0476, rcwolford@gmail.com, Fax. 773-233-0910

For More Information on the Chicago Home Composting Program

Please contact Nancy Kreith, 773-233-0476 kreith@uiuc.edu

The Chicago Home Composting Program is managed by the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance in partnership with the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, University of Illinois Extension Chicago Master Gardeners, Chicago Park District, Chicago Department of Environment-Greencorps/Chicago Center for Green Technology, Chicago Public Schools/Chicago High School of Agricultural Sciences, and is funded in part by a Mayor Daley Neighborhood Recycling Grant.

Chicago Master Composter Program 2006

APPLICATION

Name_________________________________________________________________

Address_______________________________________________________________

City and State__________________________________________________________

Home Phone___________________________________________________________

Work Phone___________________________________________________________

Cell Phone_____________________________________________________________

Email_________________________________________________________________

1. Please check your affiliation (Must be volunteer or staff with at least one)

____Chicago Master Gardener ____Chicago Department of Environment

____Chicago Dept. of Streets & Sanitation ____Chicago Park District

____Chicago School for Ag Sciences ____Fuller Park Community Dev. Corp.

____Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance ____University of Illinois Extension


2. Please describe why you are interested in becoming a Chicago Master Composter:












3. Please rate your composting experience (check one):

(No experience) ____1 ____2 ____3 ____4 ____5 (A lot of experience)

4. List any languages you speak or write fluently, other than English:

__________________________________________________________________


5. My neighborhood is_________________. My alderman is _____________________.

6. Please indicate times you are generally available and not available for outreach activities by placing an A for times you are generally available,or placing an N for times you are generally not available.

Please note: This does not commit you to any specific date. It is used to help connect volunteers with projects. Remember you are required to do 10 hours on weekends manning the Rotline at the Garfield Park Conservatory Plant Clinic.

Daytime Evenings

Sunday ______ ______

Monday ______ ______

Tuesday ______ ______

Wednesday ______ ______

Thursday ______ ______

Friday ______ ______

Saturday ______ ______


7. Please indicate the type of scheduling notice that fits your lifestyle (Yes or No)

____ I need to schedule activities well in advance of the event.

____ I am available on short notice, 1-7 days.

____ I am available some days for emergency fill-ins.

I __________________________________________agree to attend all three training workshops (July 8, July 15 and July 22, 2006) and complete Thirty hours of community outreach teaching composting in Chicago neighborhoods July, 2006 ­ June 2007, if I am accepted into the Chicago Master Composter Program.

Signature_______________________________________________ Date____________

Application Deadline is July 5, 2006

Please mail, email or fax your application
to the location below. The cost for participating in the program is $40. Scholarships are available and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please make checks payable to University of Illinois.

Please send, fax or email your application to:

Aida Peralta

University of Illinois Extension

8751 S. Greenwood Suite 112

Chicago, IL 60619

Or to: peralta1@uiuc.edu, or fax: (773) 768-4818.

For More Information about the Master Composter Program

Please contact Nancy Kreith, 773-233-0476 kreith@uiuc.edu

Elizabeth Bruhns ebruhns@sbcglobal.net



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