The University of Maine Cooperative Extension (UMCE), Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DAF&RR), and Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)offer a regularly scheduled award winning international Maine Compost School. The objective of the Maine Compost School is to provide training to people interested and/or involved with medium and large-scale composting operations. This course is offered as a certificate program and will train personnel to be qualified compost site operators.
Maine Compost School
located at Highmoor Farm, a University
of Maine research
farm facility located in Monmouth, Maine. Participants receive classroom
instruction, laboratory experience and hands-on project exercises in
this setting. The classroom
and laboratory hands-on activities include:
To reinforce and illustrate the principles taught in the classes, different commercial, community and farm composting sites have been selected to be visited by the students. At each site the operators freely share their information and answer the questions the students may have.
· a medium scale invessel system compost facility(Pat Jackson/Tri-City Septic)
· a medium-scale turned windrow compost facility (Sandy River Recycling Association)
· an innovative compost and retail bagging operation (Living Acres)
· a family owned Dairy Farm operation composting its animal bedding, waste feed, and collected horse bedding (Rainbow Valley Farms)
· a large scale "Dutch Tunnel" in-vessel compost facility (Casella Organics - Hawk Ridge Compost Facility)
· a farm composting and bagging operation utilizing seafood, manure, and other organics (Kinney Compost)
· a large scale "Agitated bin" in-vessel compost facility (Lewiston/Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority)
a medium-scale static aerated pile compost facility
(Little River Compost)
Please send in your registration early using the registration form. Applications for registration are accepted until the 20 participants limit is reached. You may also chose to use the online registration link on-line registration. Letters of acceptance will be sent out as confirmation of registration.
The Maine Compost School reserves the right to change instructors and to cancel or reschedule a program in the event of insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances.
Special Clothing & PPE: The Maine Compost School does not require any personal protection equipment or special clothing. It does suggest that you wear work boots and bring rain gear.
Special Dietary Needs: The Maine Compost School makes every effort to meet the dietary needs of individuals. Please let Us know if you you have any special dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, etc.) at time of registration.
Send comments, suggestions or inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org, Environmental Specialist.