Intended audience: folks interested in starting up a composting facility or getting into on-farm composting, on-farm compost producers and commercial compost producers
This course offers four comprehensive sessions on several topics related to producing compost on your farm or a separate, dedicated site. The first session on Facility Design, Regulations, & Producer Case Studies will be offered both in-person and virtually via Zoom. The other three sessions will be virtual only. Sessions will be offered twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting February 21 st and ending March 2nd.
All classes will be recorded and shared with registrants.
In-person/virtual meeting: Facility Design, Regulations, & Producer Case Studies
Time: 8 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: CCE Education Center, 2 nd Floor Conference Room
7:30 AM Sign-in, Light refreshments offered
AM to 8:10 AM
Mina Vescera, Nursery/Landscape Specialist, CCE-Suffolk
Rob Carpenter, Director, Long Island Farm Bureau
Rob will briefly discuss Climate Leadership and Community Preservation Act. It includes soil health practices as a way of climate resiliency.
Presentation 1: Facility Siting/Design
Liz Camps, District Conservationist, NRCS
Liz will review the NRCS compost facility practice standard, facility BMPs, and funding opportunities for producers.
Presentation 2: State Regulations for On-farm and Small-scale Compost
James Wade , Environmental Engineer , NYS DEC
James will discuss compliance and exemptions pertaining to 6 NYCRR Part 360 Series regulations on solid waste management facilities and organic waste management.
9:20 – 9:30 Break
9:30 – 10:10 Presentation 3: Producer Perspectives, Lessons Learned.
Local Producers share their experience starting their compost operation.
10:10 – 10:30 Q&A Presenter Panel and Discussion
10:30 – End of Workshop
Webinar 2: Biology of Composting & Feedstocks
Time: 10 AM – Noon
Mark King, Environmental Specialist, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Sustainability Unit
Mark will discuss the types of composting systems (static, windrow, bin system) and primary sources of feedstocks and quality control.
Decomposition Science and Ecology
Xinwei Mao, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University
Xinwei will review the process of organic matter transformation from identifiable feedstock to decomposed organic matter and the role of biological and chemical processes.
Webinar 3: Troubleshooting & Contamination Concerns
Time: 10 AM – Noon
Jean Bonhotal, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University
Jean will address the multitude of concerns in compost production including fire safety, odor and air quality, disease control, and other contamination concerns.
Webinar 4: Monitoring, Testing & Interpretation
Time: 10 AM – Noon
Compost Analyses and Interpretation
Debbie Aller, Extension Associate, Cornell University
Debbie will present on laboratory compost analyses to consider when monitoring production and maturity of compost. She’ll offer interpretation guidance on compost test results including C:N ratio, moisture levels, organic matter, and electrical conductivity. She will also discuss methods and additional tests available.
Presentation 2: Practical On-site Tests
Rick Carr, Farm Director, Rodale Institute
You made a compost pile, now what? How can you assess progress, when is it finished, and how much to use? Rick Carr will share several at-home tools and tests that can be utilized by any composter to monitor the progress and completion of their compost pile.
Presentation 3: Producer Perspective: SOS For Your Soil
Shamma Murphy,SOS For Your Soil, St. James, NY, Compost Producer
Marketing and Educator of SOS For Your Soil, Shamma will discuss her experiences with production management.
This program is free thanks to a grant from the Education Foundation for Suffolk County Extension.
This event is online
Extension Education Center
423 Griffing Avenue
Second Floor Meeting Room
Riverhead, NY 11901
Last updated January 24, 2023