Environment Celebration Institute

Compost Class (Now Open to New Students)


Enrollment in this class is open to new students. Learn how to gather starting materials for making thermal compost, starting the pile, and monitoring the pile to produce beneficial organisms. You will have access to the Compost Class materials and its webinars and resources.

All Classes are ECI copyrighted.




This will be a balance of straight video lecture and hands-on work with thermal, worm, and static composts. This will include choosing which types of Compost to use, different types of starting materials, temperatures required, turning regimes, aeration and will include monitoring of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, and microarthropods. Learn how to select the proper fungal:bacterial ratios that will give your plants the proper biology they need to thrive.

9 Videos

8 Recorded Video Webinars

9 Audio Recordings

133 Pages of Video Transcripts

69 Video Slides

9 Quizzes & Feedback


How can you tell when something labeled compost is not actually compost?  The difference between good compost which will benefit plants and reduced waste which often harms plants, will be discussed and demonstrated.  These classes will show you how to make biologically rich compost.  One of the biggest mistakes people make when building a compost pile is not understanding what controls temperature in compost piles.  Learn how to manage the making of compost so turning (thermal piles) is minimized, worm-compost bins don’t grow flies and annoying pests, and you can always end up with the type of biology your desired plants need to thrive.

  • What Starting Materials Are Needed and Why?
  • The Difference Between Good Compost and Reduced Waste
  • How To Make Biologically Rich Compost
  • Which Biology for What Plants?


These intensive classes are for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, creators and distributors of agricultural products, waste management professionals, soil and garden enthusiasts of all types, and anyone who touches the earth. Simply put, this information needs to be central to any effort to do sustainable agriculture.

You will be able to access video sessions and recorded webinars for up to one year from the date of purchase. You will be able to view the approximately 45 minute video sessions at your convenience. There are no set times for the sessions. The classes are self-paced.

There will be transcripts and slides for each video that you can download and view as you are taking your quizzes. In addition, the recorded webinars will be available to you during this year to view. The videos and webinars may not be downloaded, but you can view and review them as many times as you like throughout the year. You are welcome to download the other materials to keep with you forever for reference – video text, video slides, quizzes and feedback, and audio recordings.

There will be Certificates of Completion issued at the end of the class for all who receive an average score of 70% or higher across all the quizzes.

“What’s in compost? What makes it so good?”

Class Sessions

1. How to Make Compost
2. The Composting Process
3. Kinds of Composting Containers
4. Different Kinds of Starting Materials
5. Batch Systems – How Much of Each
6. Worm Composting Flow-Through Systems
7. Organisms in Soil After Adding Compost
8. Demonstration of Making Compost
9. Vermicomposting


“I am really enjoying the course so far!  I’ve been working with a few previous students who took the course here on island and we have had really good luck making biologically diverse compost (microscope tested!!) and we have made a few successful attempts at bringing those organisms back into small patches of land as well. ahalo for reaching out and for playing a part in such a wonderful and necessary movement!” W. Williams

“For the first time I have found a profession that touches upon my personal sense of fulfillment and needs: helping others/environment, teaching, writing, continuous personal growth & challenge, working in nature, gardening, and sharing with my sons the importance of stewardship of the earth. And the more I learned in the classes the more I wanted to know and wanted to share. Now when I drive by a pasture, garden, orchard or agricultural field, I look at them in a completely different light and wonder whats going on underneath. I fell in love with soil and composting (as cheesy at it may sound). I know this newly found passion can help others and give people a better holistic option over fertilizers and pesticides. For all these reasons I’m driven to become a soil consultant.” J. Jurcevic

“I am having a ton of fun with this class! One ton is the maximum I will apply to any session.” G. Pennyroyal


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