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.

Events & School Calendar

Events & School Calendar

Maine Compost School Sessions–

June 20-24, 2016 & October 17-21, 2016

The Maine Compost School is the nation’s longest continually running compost education program–2016 marks our 20th anniversary!

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Maine Compost School–HPAI Compost Carcass Management Training–September 19-22, 2016

Dr. Bill Layering Chicken Mortalities

This four-day program is designed to provide participants with essential information regarding responding to a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak. The training is also designed to fulfill part of criteria necessary to become a USDA Veterinary Services Compost Subject Matter Expert (SME). Successful completion of this course and a passing grade of 80% on the certification examination are necessary to advance in the SME training program.

During this training, participants will learn the concepts necessary effectively manage composting of poultry mortalities generated from a HPAI event. The exact breakout of the class is listed below:

Day One

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: Exercise