Why Attend The Compost School?

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013

What the Compost School offers: For people interested and/or involved with medium and large-scale composting operations. This course is a certificate program and trains personnel...

Read More



Posted by on Aug 29, 2013

Troubleshooting, Facility Operators, Municipalities, Private Business & Non-Profits, Schools & Colleges, Special...

Read More



Posted by on Aug 29, 2013

Compost, Feedstock, Carcass and Animal Mortality Mgt.,...

Read More

Recent Posts

Maine Compost School Sessions: June 20-24, 2016 and October 17-21, 2016…..Maine Compost School, HPAI Compost Carcass Management Training-September 19-22, 2016

Maine Compost School Sessions:  June 20-24, 2016 and October 17-21, 2016…..Maine Compost School, HPAI Compost Carcass Management Training-September 19-22, 2016

P1000481Day 1

8:15-8:45 Welcome and Introductions

8:45-9:15 Compost as a Management tool for HPAI and other Animal Diseases

9:15-9:45 The Highs and Lows of Avian Influenza

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-10:45 Composting: “A Biological Process”

10:45-11:30 Alternative Disposal Systems for Animal Disease Outbreaks: Pros and Cons

11:30-12:15 Lunch

12:15-1:15 HPAI Compost Feedstocks

1:15-2:15 Farm Assessment: Job Aides

2:15-4:30 On-site farm assessment: Leeds Poultry Complex

Day 2

8:00-9:15 Compost Calculations: carbon/space/number of carcasses

9:15-9:30 Break

9:30-10:30 Developing a Farm Compost Disposal Plan

10:30-11:30 Principles of Pile Construction

11:30-12:15 Lunch

12:15-1:15 Troubleshooting/Assessment

1:15-2:45 PPE/Bio-Security

2:45 -4:30 Simultaneous Field Exercises:
Group 1: Pile Construction
Group 2: Pile Assessment

Day 3

8:15-8:45 USDA Composting SOP for Carcass Management

8:45-10:00 Pile Monitoring/Pile Management (temperature reading, etc.)

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-11:00 Troubleshooting HPAI Windrows/Corrective Measures

11:00-12:00 Compost Equipment/Turning The Piles

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:15 Understanding State and Federal Roles and Guidelines

1:15-2:00 Utilization of Compost from and HPAI event

2:00-4:00 Small Group Exercise-Pre-plan Plains Road Complex-Turner

Day 4

8:15-9:00 Lessons Learned from 2015 and 2016 HPAI/LPAI events

9:00-9:45 Shadowing and Mentor Program for SMEs

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:30 Participant Assessments

11:30-12:15 Lunch

12:15-12:45 Training Assessment/Evaluation

If you are interested in this training, please click on the link below:


1[4] (2)Troubleshooting Exercise

Farmington Compost Cooperative

Transportation and Delivery

Transferring food to Compost Pile

Sandy River Compost-Compost Pile

Working Pile at Sandy River Compost


Members of the Maine Compost Team are available to assist municipalities and regional public efforts in discussion from the ‘pre-planning’ phase of their possible composting program through the development of marketing options for the finished compost.

Municipalities may have different issues of concern regarding the management of the organics available in their community or region than a privately operated composting facility may have. The Compost Team has assisted many municipal composting programs over the years and is able to share that experience with you.  Often, a municipal composting program starts with leaf and yard discarded organics and can expand over time to include food scraps, animal manures and other organics that may be available.  Additionally, there may be a farmer or two in the area that would be willing to assist the municipality and we could help that possibility.

Facility Operators

Members of the Maine Compost Team are available to assist facility operators from the ‘pre-planning’ phase of their composting operations through discussion of marketing options of the finished compost.  While attending the week-long Maine Compost School will provide a compost facility operator with information on the biology of composting, development of recipes, and field trips to active composting facilities, sometimes what is planned or tried works as well as hoped, and quality compost is not being created.

Through the experience of the Compost Team, we can work with you, the facility operator, to identify and clarify the issues impacting your operation and recommend alternatives to improve the compost being produced.   Whether the issue may be the challenges of identifying or obtaining a possible feedstock, to challenges with the composting process itself, we are available to help you understand the difficulty and work with you to correct it.