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Master Composter


From the basics of backyard composting to the science behind it, the Master Composter Class empowers participants to teach others about composting.

The Master Composter class is part of a statewide program — currently managed by the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) — to decrease dependence on synthetic fertilizers in favor of organic recycling.

The City of Fort Worth offers the three-day class twice a year. Volunteer hours involving teaching others the principals of backyard composting are required to receive the title of "Master Composter." Class graduates can complete the hours on their own or through city organized opportunities.

Participants will receive:

  • Training from nationally renowned instructor Larry Wilhelm
  • Rodale Book of Composting
  • C.E. Shepherd Compost Bin (for participants who attend all three days)

Next scheduled class

Registration for master composter is closed. Check back for the next semi-annual training dates.


Texas Master Composter certification requires 20 hours of volunteer time and 20 hours of training hours. Upon completion of all three days of the Fort Worth Master Composter Class, attendees receive 15 training hours. There is no time limit on completing the required hours.

Training Hours

“Training Hours” means you are being educated. Training hours can be earned through attending compost-related tours, workshops/conferences and reading informational materials.

Volunteer Hours

“Volunteer Hours” means you are educating someone else. Volunteer hours can be earned through staffing an information table at public events, teaching others about composting, giving presentations to groups and volunteering at the Botanic Garden's Compost Outpost.

All hours must be documented by the participant and submitted to the Botanic Garden's education and volunteer coordinator. Watch the calendar on this page for volunteer and training opportunities to fulfill your certification requirements.

More information

Email your questions and contact information to composting@fortworthtexas.gov, or call 817-392-1234.

Training & Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Compost Outpost Maintenance:
9-11 a.m. Fridays, Compost Outpost, 3408 W. Freeway
To join other master composters in maintaining the Compost Outpost at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, you must first become a GROW volunteer. For more information, Email Gail Manning.

Tarrant Area Food Bank Learning Garden
9 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays and second & fourth Saturdays
Lend a hand with composting at the Tarrant Area Food Bank's Learning Garden, 3251 Sappington Place. Register online for a shift or contact Becca Knutson if your chosen day is full.

Other Opportunties