Seattle Tilth hosts master recycler composter class

August 20, 2013

By Erin Hoffman

Seattle Tilth is accepting applications for its Master Recycler Composter Eastside program. Held every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 4-28, the sessions will teach participants how to help make their community more sustainable.

To qualify for the program, participants must be 18 or older and be available to attend all sessions, according to Falaah Jones, the eastside programs coordinator for Seattle Tilth. The time commitment for the program is about 26 hours of instruction, followed by a 20-hour independent community outreach project. After completing the project, Seattle Tilth will refund the $20 program fee.

The first session was held last year, so the program is still new, but the reception was positive.

“The folks we’ve been teaching have been thrilled,” Jones said.

The program is being held in Issaquah because of Seattle Tilth’s past involvement with Pickering Barn.

“A lot of folks from other communities come through Pickering Garden, so we have contact with lots of them. Having the class in Issaquah was a natural progression,” Jones said.

And while the program will be centered mainly in Issaquah, and the city of Issaquah is the main sponsor, residents from all over the Eastside are welcome and encouraged to participate. In fact, the program is co-sponsored by the cities of Bellevue, Kirkland and Bothell. Last year, projects included setting up a food waste system at Sammamish’s Vedic Cultural Center and doing workshops with garden clubs in the Bellevue Area.

“Our vision is to be inclusive,” Jones said. “We want participants to reach out in those cities.”

On Wednesdays, the program will meet at various Issaquah locations to learn about composting, recycling and pest management. On Saturdays, the program will meet at Pickering Garden at Pickering Barn to apply their skills. By the end of the program, participants will be able to make worm bins, compost in their backyards, know what is recyclable and what is not, and manage a garden without chemicals or pesticides.

The program application is due Aug. 28, and can be found only at Email questions to Jones at

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