The Compost Education Center (CEC)

The Compost Education Center (CEC) of Project Grow is charged with managing two composting-related activities, that of producing compost, and using this process for educational purposes - learning how to compost. This mission is based on the appreciation that composting is essential to community gardening.

What is composting?  Composting is the managed process of speeding up the way nature recycle, by creating the ideal conditions for the rapid decomposition of organic materials by effective decomposers.   For more information, read the composting guides and related literature in the Handout section below.

Our main task at CEC is to encourage all community garden sites to adopt a standard, manageable composting system. Read more about CEC...

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Handouts and Guides

Circular Economies, A Permaculture Way of Viewing Community Gardening  2023

Become a Master Composter Flyer:   2014,  2015,  2016 

A One-page Guide to Hot Composting

Vermicomposting Q&A Guide

Making the First Compost Pile - The Basic Composting Science

LSNC - How To Do A 2-bin Composting

Washtenaw County's Composting Guide

Sheet Mulch Gardening Guide For Raised Beds

CEC Reports, Presentations and Special Projects

CEC A Year Later 2011-2012 

School Composting Case Study Series for Junior Master Composter (JMC):

The Garden Research Initiative (GRI) - A Capstone Project With The Michigan Conservation Stewards Program

The Garden Research Initiative (GRI) - Research Groups and Their Research Topics

Community Partners and Advisors

Leslie Science and Nature Center

AAPS Farm-To-School (FTS) Collaborative

Dawn Farm for co-location of shared hoop house, 6633 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Starr Valley Farms (Jesse Raudenbush)

Chiwara Permaculture (Nathan Ayers)

The Michigan Master Composter Program  of  The Washtenaw County Consortium for Solid Waste Management

Master Rain Gardener Program of  the Office of the Water Resources Commissioner


  • Joet Reoma, CEC Coordinator,  
  • Jesse Raudenbush, CEC Vermiculturist,

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