Compost Awareness Week - Event information

Would you like to sponsor an event for Compost Awareness Week? Contact kim@highfieldscomposting.org to find out how you can get involved.

In honor of Compost Awareness Week, May 5 - 11, Highfields is hosting workshops, webinars, site tours, and deals on compost sales.

WORKSHOPS: Extreme Home Composting   

In-person workshop with slideshow and compost demonstrations. Walk in with little to no knowledge about DIY composting, walk out a “Rot Star”! 

- Sunday, May 4th @ 5:30 pm, Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT
- Tuesday, May 6th @ 7 pm, Ilsley Library, Middlebury, VT
- Wednesday, May 7th @ 7 pm, Community Center, Jericho, VT

Note: No registration necessary, specific details TBA. (Sign up here to be notified as details become available).

WEBINARS: Extreme Home Composting   

Join us for this online presentation and Q&A to learn about: what compost is; what the best composting system is for you; how to start your compost system; and how to manage that system effectively.
When: Monday @ 7:30pm, Tuesday @ 10am, Thursday @ 7:30pm
Where: Cyberspace
Note: Advance registration is required (register here).

WEBINAR: The Power of Community Composting

Across the nation, grassroots action to capture and recycle organic resources from communities by communities are expanding. The solutions are as diverse as the places and people where these efforts originate, yet the commonalities show a clear trend of an emerging movement. Presented by Brenda Platt of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
When: Monday, May 5th at 4pm
Where: Cyberspace
Note: Advance registration is required (register here).

BOOK LIST: Compost Book Reading Suggestions

A thorough list of books with compost and zero waste themes. Great for reading aloud to celebrate Compost Awareness Week. There’s also a downloadable worm bookmark and coloring pages with fun drawings of a farmer feeding her chickens food scraps.
Link: Compost Book List

WORKSHOP: Make Your Own Worm Bin

Hands-on workshop for educators to set up a worm bin for their classrooms. Participants do not have to bring anything - we’ll provide the materials, including the worms and detailed instructions. You’ll leave with a fully-functional vermicompost system. (Bring your own bin or $10 to purchase from Highfields)
When: Thursday, May 8th at 5pm    
Where: Highfields’ Research & Education site, Fisher Bridge Industrial Park, Quarry Road, Wolcott, VT 05680. Site phone: (802) 472-8880
Details: Limit 15 participants. Advance registration is required (online form). Questions? Call Kim at (802) 274-3043 or email kim@highfieldscomposting.org

COMPOST SALES

Extended hours of our site, and FREE bag of premium vermicompost with every yard of bulk compost purchased.
When: Saturday, May 10th 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Highfields’ compost site, Fisher Bridge Industrial Park, Quarry Road, Wolcott, VT 05680. Site phone: (802) 472-8880

SITE TOUR: Kid-focused tour of compost operations  

A family-friendly, fun guided tour of Research & Education facility, including special access to one of the country's largest worm bins, and introduction to the micro-organisms that do the work inside compost.    
When: Saturday May 10th at 9:00am, 11:00am, and 1:00 pm
Where: Meet outside the office at Highfields’ compost site, Fisher Bridge Industrial Park, Quarry Road, Wolcott, VT 05680. Site phone: (802) 472-8880.

SITE TOUR: Technically-oriented tour of Highfields' compost facility

Guided tour of our compost site, led by one of Highfields’ technical team. Gain in-depth knowledge about our aerated static piles, turned windrow system, and aerated vermicompost bin.
When: Saturday, May 10th at 10:00am and 2:00pm
Where: Meet outside the office at Highfields’ compost site, Fisher Bridge Industrial Park, Quarry Road, Wolcott, VT 05680. Site phone: (802) 472-8880.


About International Compost Awareness Week, May 5 -11, 2014:

Across the United States U.K., Australia, and Canada, composting advocates will be encouraging everyone to use Compost! Those who believe in the compost message will be planning events in their community to promote the value of compost. All types of composting events — from “do it yourself” composting in your backyard to large-scale community-wide composting — can be promoted during the week.

The theme for 2014 is: Compost….The solution to sustainable soil and water. International Compost Awareness Week is sponsored by the U.S. Composting Council in the United States. For more information contact the USCC at www.compostingcouncil.org