COMPOSTER CERTIFICATION OPPORTUNITY

Organics Recycling Group, International LLC, known as ORG, has embarked on an educational mission.

ORG's mission is outlined under the link titled Organics Recycling Group {ORG}.

This particular link is designated to inform our readers about the opportunity for YOU to obtain certification as an AEROBIC composter. That is, composting known as the "HOT" method. "Hot" being defined as achieving a minimum farenheit (F) temperature of 131oF, sustained for a minimum of three (3) days, TWICE.

TWICE means:

  • Following the initial construction of the pile, and:
  • Following the First Turn of the pile.

Certification is issued by ORG, which is recognized by many composting organizations to be capable of validating the knowledge and experience level of people to whom ORG issues such certification.

ORG also may certify an experienced composter as a Composter INSTRUCTOR, but that process is handled entirely on an individual basis.

The validation process is quite simplistic, and guides the student through a series of online educational sessions, each one becoming a bit more complex in depth.

Each session requires completion of an examination, beginning with simple true/false and multiple choice questions covering presentations. In later sessions, short essays and digital photographs are required as part of answers, to document that certain required activities have been performed.

Early sessions completed and passed are documented by Certificates Of Completion (COC). Check the 'Compost Training' link in the left sidebar to see all of the prerequisite sessions. Each COC is prerequisite for the next session level.

Completion of all prerequisites leads to the Certification COURSES, of which there are SIX:

  • Backyard Composter
    • Backyard Composter Instructor
  • Certified Composter
    • Certified Composter Instructor
  • Master Composter
    • Master Composter Instructor

The important thing to remember about attaining composting certification ONLINE by ORG is the matter of PROCEDURE.

The 20-hour Master Composter Course can be accomplished in 3 days IN PERSON, but online it takes longer, and in more increments, with documentation by photo or video. But it IS certainly possible.

And consider this point: The first Presentation covers just the bare basics. The next level Presentation goes into a bit more depth - but the online student is only expected to cover the greater depth of information of the new reading module. So the 2nd COC quiz covers only the additional information found in the new material.

Another thing to keep in mind is that composting certification from ORG is actually more a matter of what you know how to DO - than it is just what you know.

So if you are an experienced composter, all that is really necessary is to read the assigned material and take some simple quizzes to determine that you know and understand the information, and that you know where to find answers to questions from people you teach/mentor.

If you are taking an Instructor's course, you also need to know where to find answers to other people's questions and be able to demonstrate certain methods and techniques and the results of certain activities.

As your training progresses, you will discuss (usually via email) YOUR method of composting with one of the ORG Master Composter Instructors, who will determine your skill level and issue the appropriate certification.

One of the objectives of ORG's educational mission is to locate folks who desire to expand their knowledge, understanding and experience with composting and organic gardening, in order to pass their knowledge and experience FORWARD to others in their local area who would like to learn more.

Learning to become proficient in an activity such as organic gardening and composting is difficult online, without How-To experience in getting one's hands "into it". So one of the objects is to assist folks in the process of finding a reliable instruction source in YOUR local area.

ORG is very supportive of experienced composters and organic gardeners who would like assistance in the form of texts, outlines, formats, advice along with Q&A support, and various other instructional aids to promote composting and organic gardening in their communities.

Often one finds a gardening organization that is "stuck" in their ways - and things must be done a certain 'way', and in a certain order, to be 'accepted into the fold' so that support and guidance will be forthcoming with regard to the activities YOU desire to get done.

With ORG there's no "volunteer hours" requirement for certification - to become involved with somebody else's project - so they will (maybe) dedicate some time to your particular project that YOU desire to accomplish.

One of the reasons I founded ORG was because in many places, various club leaders wanted me to use my composting and gardening knowledge and skills and time and energy to benefit THEIR particular projects first, before allowing me to review any of their club's reference information, in the interest of the public good, on this website. They only knew how to be 'takers' and trusted no-one.

Another bad example: a certain Master Gardener Association "leads the pack" in that kind of idiotic activity, flatly refusing to provide How-To composting and/or organic gardening instruction at the (county property) demonstration garden, to the county residents they are supposed to serve, even though the previous County AgriLife Agent had constructed a working set of composting bins and Master Gardener members maintain more than 20 demonstration garden beds at the property. Why? Seems the land-grant university that oversees the organization promotes the synthetic fertilizer industry, and suppresses organic treatments. Except to provide some informational handouts...

I paid $100 for their 'educational' course, and spent 50 hours taking the course, then another 50 volunteer hours to become a certified Master Gardener (not organic), and another 100 hours working on MG projects and going to meetings, but yet - I'm prohibited (in the MG Orgaization Bylaws) from telling anybody that I am a Master Gardener unless I'm actually donating my time, working on a local MG-APPROVED project (and project approval is a closely-held political process, kissing somebody's somewhere).

Incredibly stupid rules, and more incredibly, I'm still an active member. Hope springs eternal...A new slate of officers takes over every January, but still controlled by a few deeply-embedded people in the organization.

That kind of example is why ORG promotes - and even sponsors some local club networks, and will help folks anyplace, coalesce into an informal group of people that desire to support each other. And train them how to locate and acquire feedstocks to compost, how to develop a library of written resources among themselves, how to share tools and equipment, and even how/where to sell their compost if they want to produce it commercially.

I'm an active member in a 3-county group of people sponsored by ORG. We help each other often, providing not just time and effort, but also sharing compost, mulch, equipment and such things - because we are each interested helping each other accomplish OUR private projects. Isn't that what we learn these things to do? Thats' why this group is called a 'cooperative'... Sharing is Caring.

In my home business I buy a lot of items gardening materials in bulk, and make these available to others in the network at just a bit higher price (incrementally) than I paid for the material. And I even trade vegetables for my finished compost. That's called bartering, and I think it's a wonderful activity among neighbors, on a small scale.

For example, I need trees planted on my property as a windbreak. Which I raise in containers, in my wholesale nursery. So I offered to prune a Beach Hibiscus tree at a member's property and got 211 cuttings from one tree. Traded 4 yards of my compost for the cuttings. Win-Win.

So far 92 of the 211 cuttings have rooted after one month, and many members have offered to come to my place and help me plant the rooted cuttings in the Spring in exchange for some of the planting dirt I make from scratch. Win-Win

So be encouraged, and help ORG encourage local folks in your community to learn how to compost and organic garden, by sharing their gardening knowledge and experience with folks on the ORG website. Find a local composter and start a discussion...Tell 'em about this website and ask them to check it out. Exchange information and ideas. That's what makes it work - for all.

Robert C. Moore © 2009 ~ All Rights Reserved

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