“Kinney Compost”—Knox, Maine
Turned Windrow System, Wes Kinney-Owner/Operator
Maine Compost School—2013 (Photos by Mark King, Maine DEP)
This operation is based on an organic livestock and crop farm in Thorndike, Maine. The inputs include animal bedding, sawdust/shavings, food scraps, and fish processing by-products.
A simple windrow process is used in which the material is turned with available farm equipment. In the past most of the product was sold in bulk, but recently, a bagging operation has been added. The product is sold under the name ‘Kinney Compost’.
Receiving Area-Seafood and grocery store produce discards are received and immediately amended into a pile of sawdust shavings or Horse bedding in the facilities’ receiving area. Additionally, animal manures are added to provide further bulking of the compost mixture.
Composting Area-The Compost blend is transferred to the facilities’ asphalt composting pad where it is formed into large windrows and turned weekly over a 6-9 month period during the composting/curing phase.
Once the compost is finished, it is screened and then transferred to a mechanized hopper which leads into the facility’s bagging system. Wes Kinney sells his compost for a premium price as a bagged product or in bulk quantities.