Master Composter Training Registration

The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority (BCSWA), with support from Apple Valley Waste, Berkeley County Council and the Tabb and Son Compost Facility is hosting a popular three-day training class to assist residents, organizations and businesses in becoming a Master Composter. Participants will learn how to effectively compost kitchen and yard waste in the backyard. The practice of backyard composting reduces landfilling and produces a useful soil amendment that reduces herbicide and pesticide use in local watersheds.

The Master Composter class is set for June 1, 2 and 3rd. The class will meet from 6pm to 9pm on June 1st and 2nd; and from 8:30am to 5pm on Saturday, June 3rd. An instructional tour of the Tabb and Son Composting facility will be offered on Saturday, June 17th. The class will be taught by Certified Master Composters Melanie Files and Rick Lowman. The instructional program will include both classroom and hands on instruction and is scheduled to take place at the Mt. Zion Church, 1 Zion Street, Hedgesville, WV 25427. Hands on instruction will occur at a nearby offsite location.

The cost for the training is $25.00. This fee includes the three-day training, Tabb Composting Facility tour, the Rodale Book on Composting, a Reotemp Thermometer and a lunch on Saturday, June 3rd. West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia residents are welcome to participate. Class size is limited and reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Registration forms can be obtained by contacting the BCSWA at 304-267-9370 or