Master Gardener, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County


Master Gardner Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County

WEforum Health and Wellness Conference 2018

TOM MATULEWICZ – Master Gardener, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County


The Art and Science of Composting

Wednesday, November 14 2:45-3:05 PM – LEARNING LECTURES (MAIN LOBBY / CENTER ATRIUM)

At the end of this talk you will be able to articulate and explain the importance of composting and how through this process we may be able to save the planet one banana peel at a time.

You will learn the benefits of composting and the five essential components of making a useable and valuable soil amendment that can be used to enrich the soil on your property.  We will discuss how to troubleshoot compost problems and the best way to solve them and then how to use this enriched material for best results.  How you start the process that will make you a successful composter will be discussed in simple terms so you will have confidence in becoming an experienced soil expert.


Tom Matulewicz is a 1999 graduate of the first Master Gardner class given in Monmouth County. Since then he has achieved the title of Master Composter, Rain Garden Specialist and Rain Garden Specialist Trainer and Rain Barrel Workshop Instructor. Tom has given many talks on Composting, Rain Gardens and Rain Barrel workshops throughout New Jersey.

Tom graduated from Rutgers University with a BA and has also earned credits towards an MBA from Monmouth University.

In 2001 Tom and his business partners started an alternative energy company located in New Jersey which specializes in solar electric, solar hot water panels, geothermal and high performance HVAC systems for residential and commercial properties. The company has installed hundreds of systems throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Tom and his wife Susan fell in love with Rumson during a Sunday drive; they discovered an old home (circa 1865) that was for sale and decided that it was perfect for them. The home was purchased in 1989 and lovingly restored to its original condition- along with the surrounding gardens. The addition of a small greenhouse allows Susan to raise and care for her collection of over orchids.