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Composting 101

Transform your kitchen waste into black gold!

Transform your leaves, newspaper, kitchen scraps, and lawn clippings into organic, nutrient-rich 'black gold' that will be ready for your garden in the spring!

This class covers the fundamentals of building a good compost pile, where to locate your pile, how to avoid common problems and some tips and tricks for cold climate composting. It also includes a demonstration of how to build a pile.

This class is part of a larger series of classes on Building Healthy Soil. For more information on that series or the comprehensive Edible Backyards Series, click here.

Class includes:

  • 1 training video
  • A worksheet to reinforce the material along with other relevant resources
  • A private forum to get your questions answered, available for one year after date of purchase


Your Instructor


Kareen Erbe
Kareen Erbe

Kareen has been gardening in cold climates for more than a decade. She lives with her family on a 3/4 acre homestead in Bozeman, Montana with large annual gardens, a small greenhouse, an orchard of fruit trees and berry bushes, and beehives, along with chickens and ducks. Through her business, Broken Ground, she teaches local residents how to grow their own food while creating community around gardening.

She is also an experienced permaculture practitioner, having studied with renowned designer Geoff Lawton, at the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. She has specific training in earthworks, composting methods, soil biology, and urban permaculture design. Kareen has earned Master Gardener and Master Composter Certifications, is trained in Ecology Action's Grow Biointensive methods, and contributed to the Food Forest Design Charrette for Helena's 6th Ward Garden Park, with author, teacher and designer, Dave Jacke.

She has also worked as a consultant for the sustainability organization, GoodtoChina, in Shanghai, China, and has worked on numerous organic farms in Australia, New Zealand, Western Massachusetts and Montana. Kareen is a regular contributor to Rocky Mountain Gardening Magazine and was featured in The New Pioneer.


Class Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Composting 101 is designed to be a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
Once enrolled, you will have access to the series for a full year from the date of purchase.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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