Curriculum

Maine Compost School
 Class Schedule

MONDAY

8:00 a.m.          Registration

8:30 a.m.          Welcome, Introduction of Participants, Introduction to the Course

Mark King, Director of Maine Compost School, Maine DEP

9:00 a.m.          Biology of Composting

Mark Hutchinson, Extension Professor, UMaine Extension

9:30 a.m.          Composting Methods & Systems

Mark King, Director of Maine Compost School, Maine DEP

10:15 a.m.         Break

10:30 a.m.        Compost Feedstocks – Characteristics, Types, Potential Problems, Complementary, C:N

Bill Seekins, Agricultural Researcher, Department of Agriculture (Retired)

12:00 noon       Lunch

1:00 p.m.           Compost Feedstocks – Laboratory Exercise

Bill Seekins, Agricultural Researcher, Department of Agriculture (Retired)

1:30 p.m.           Compost Equipment – Functions, Types, and Safe Use of Equipment  (onsite)
Mark Hutchinson, Extension Professor, UMaine

2:30 p.m.          Field Trip Sites

-Pat Jackson/Tri-City Septic, Pauline Dube
-Rainbow Valley Farms, Harland and Jeff Bragg

5:00 p.m.          Return to Augusta

 TUESDAY

8:00 a.m.          Composting Site Selection and Management-Getting the Right Start

Mark King, Director of Maine Compost School, Maine DEP

9:00 a.m.          Site Development Exercise

Mark King, Director of Maine Compost School, Maine DEP

9:45 a.m.          Break

10:00 a.m.       Pile Management

Bill Seekins, Agricultural Researcher, Department of Agriculture (Retired)

11:45 a.m.        Lunch

12:30 p.m.       Pile Management – Field Exercise

Bill Seekins, Agricultural Researcher, Department of Agriculture (Retired)

1:15 p.m.          Field Trips

-Living Acres Farm – New Sharon
-Farmington Compost Cooperative – Farmington

6:00 p.m.        Return to Augusta

WEDNESDAY

8:00 a.m.          Troubleshooting the Compost Pile

Bill Seekins, Agricultural Researcher, Department of Agriculture (Retired)

10:00 a.m.         Break

10:15 a.m.          Troubleshooting – Outdoor Activity

Bill Seekins, Agricultural Researcher, Department of Agriculture (Retired)

11:00 a.m.          Quality, Maturity and End Use

Will Brinton, President, Woods End Research Laboratory

12:00                   Lunch

1:00 p.m.           Field Trip Sites

-Hawk Ridge Compost Facility
-Kinney Compost

5:00 p.m.          Return to Augusta

THURSDAY

8: 00 a.m.         Recipe Development (classroom)-Reading Feedstock Analysis – Hands-On Activity

Bill Seekins, Agricultural Researcher, Department of Agriculture (Retired)

9:45 a.m.          Break

10:00 a.m.       Recipe Development (classroom)-Recipe Development – Hands-On Outside Activity

Bill Seekins, Agricultural Researcher, Department of Agriculture (Retired)

12:00                 Lunch

1:00 p.m.          Field Trip Sites

-MB Bark Compost Facility – Auburn
-Lewiston/Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority – Auburn
-Little River Compost Operation – Lisbon Falls

5:00 p.m.          Return to Augusta

FRIDAY

8:00 a.m.           Solvita Test – Hands-On Activity

Bill Seekins, Agricultural Researcher, Department of Agriculture (Retired)

9:00 a.m.           Compost Utilization in Agriculture

Mark Hutchinson, Extension Professor, UMaine Extension

10:00 a.m.       Break

10:15 a.m.        The Business of Composting

George MacDonald, Director of Sustainability, Maine DEP

11:15 a.m.        Compost Tea/Disease Suppression

Mark King, Director of Maine Compost School, Maine DEP

12:00 p.m.       Lunch

12:45 p.m.        Laboratory Exercise – Solvita Maturity Test

Bill Seekins, Agricultural Researcher, Department of Agriculture (Retired)

1:30 p.m.          Certification Exam, Course Evaluation

3:00 p.m.         Depart for Home!