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Monitoring Compost Piles: How and Why

Monitoring compost piles is done for several reasons. Primarily, monitoring is done to provide the composter with insight as to what is happening in the compost pile during composting, such as the microbial activity and other pile conditions that will impact microbial activity. This information can...

Feedstock Sampling Protocol

When sampling feedstocks you are attempting to obtain a representative sample of a given material. You will eventually secure a one-quart to one-gallon sample (check with your lab for their preference); however the pile you are sampling from could contain 10, 100 or 1000 (or more) yards of material...

Site Identification & Development

The quality of your composting site will have a significant impact on your management efficiency, the ease of pile management and the quality of the compost produced on the site. Most importantly, the space available for composting and moisture management on the site will affect how you compost,...

Recipe Development Worksheet

Recipe development is employed by composters to develop compost recipes that are well-suited for the decomposer microorganisms who will drive the process – approximately 60% moisture, a ratio of 25 -30 parts carbon per part nitrogen, and a bulk density of 1000 pounds per cubic yard or less....

Determining Your Compost Pad Size

This worksheet will help you work through the necessary calculations for determining the size of your composting site. In each step a description of the step is provided, along with an example. Cumulatively, these steps will help you determine the area required for your composting activities...

Community Composting

Highfields Center for Composting has partnered with your community to introduce Close the Loop! Vermont, a community composting program that saves valuable resources by composting food scraps and turning them into nutritious soil for farmers, gardeners, and the community. Residents in your region...

Community Composting: Introduction to Close the Loop!

Highfields Center for Composting has partnered with your community to introduce Close the Loop! Vermont, a community composting program that saves valuable resources by composting food scraps and turning them into nutritious soil for farmers, gardeners, and the community. Residents in your region...

Community Supported Compost Brochure & Order Form

What is CSC? How it works: Like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, you purchase your compost shares up front and receive compost for 5 years. CSC Structure: There are 3 dierent subscription levels to choose from. Your CSC level will depend on how...

Trash Contract Renegotiation Overview

This overview of waste management fees is intended to provide schools and business owners with information to assist in the renegotiation and cost reduction of your solid waste disposal contract(s).  By participating in a food scrap composting program you will significantly reduce the weight...

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