Maine Compost School

2022 Class Schedule


8:00 a.m.              Registration

8:30 a.m.          Welcome, Introduction of Participants, Introduction to the Course, Mark Hutchinson: Extension Professor< University of Maine Cooperative Extension

9:00 a.m.          Biology of Composting, Mark Hedrich, Nutrient Management Program Manager, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

9:45 a.m.          Composting Methods & Systems, Mark King, Environmental Specialist, Maine DEP

10:30 a.m.        Break

10:45 a.m.        Compost Feedstocks – Characteristics, Types, Potential Problems, Complementary and C:N, Mark Hutchinson

11:45 a.m.        Lunch on-site

12:30 p.m.       Compost Feedstocks (Cont.)– Laboratory Exercise, Mark Hutchinson

2:00 p.m.          Composting Site Selection and Management-Getting the Right Start,  Mark King

3:00 p.m.          Break

3:15 p.m.          Site Development Exercise,  Mark King

4:00 p.m.          Wrap up



8:00 a.m.          Pile Management, Mark King

8:45 a.m.           Pile Management – Field Exercise, Mark King

10:15 a.m.        Break

10:30 a.m.        Compost Equipment – Functions, Types, and Safe Use of Equipment (onsite), Mark Hutchinson

11:15                 Composting Food Scraps within Your Community, Mark King

12:00                 Lunch onsite

12:45                 Leave for Augusta—Field Trips

Hatch Hill (Community Compost Site)

Wes Kinney (On Farm Compost Site)

5:30 p.m.          Return to Augusta




8:00 a.m.     Trouble-shooting the compost piles (Part 1), Mark King

8:45 a.m.     Break

9:00 a.m.     Trouble-shooting the compost piles (Part 2), Mark King

11:00 a.m.  Business of Composting, Mark Hedrich

11:45 a.m.   Lunch onsite

12:30            Leave for Augusta–Field Trips

                       Town of Farmington/University of Maine Farmington (Town-Gown Food Scrap Composting)

Living Acres (Agribusiness Composting Operation)

Rainbow Valley Farm (Farm-based Compost Site

5:30 p.m.     Return to Augusta



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

9:15 a.m.     Break

9:30 a.m.     Recipe Development (classroom) – Hands-On Outside Activity Mark Hutchinson

10:30 p.m.     Recipe Development Doing the Math, Mark Hutchinson

12:00 p.m.     Lunch – on-site

12:45 p.m.     Recipe exercises (continued)

1:30 p.m.          Leave Highmoor for Field Trips

We Compost It (Commercial Food Scrap Compost Company)

Little River Compost (Commercial Food Scraps/Farm By-products Compost Facility

5:00 p.m.          Wrap-up



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

9:00 a.m.         Compost Utilization in Agriculture, Dr. Peyton Ginakes: University of Maine Research Assistant,

10:00 a.m.       Break

10:15 a.m.       Compost Application Rates Mark Hutchinson.

11:00 a.m.      Quality, Maturity and End Use Dr. Will Brinton, President, Woods End Research Laboratory

12:00 p.m.       Lunch – on-site

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

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

3:00 p.m.         Depart for Home!